A con­flu­ence of style

The re­cently opened W Kuala Lumpur brings play­ful en­ergy to the city’s fa­mous Golden Tri­an­gle dis­trict. By Eve Tedja

Epicure (Indonesia) - - LOOKBOOK -

The past few years have seen a rapid trans­for­ma­tion of Kuala Lumpur’s sky­line with more am­bi­tious sky­scrapers and lux­u­ri­ous five-star ho­tels be­ing built. The cap­i­tal city is set to wel­come more visi­tors in the up­com­ing years, so it’s per­haps timely that W Kuala Lumpur opened its doors in Au­gust with an elec­tronic fan­fare.

Sit­u­ated across the Petronas Twin Tow­ers, W Kuala Lumpur stands in the heart of the city’s Golden Tri­an­gle. It is right at home in the cos­mopoli­tan cen­tre of com­merce, shop­ping and nightlife, a per­fect fit for a ho­tel brand with a pas­sion for mu­sic, de­sign, fash­ion, and food. At night, the ho­tel’s façade boldly lights up with the help of traf­fic-stop­ping neon LED fix­tures, bold lines and tinted glass that sparkle like a box of jew­ellery. The ho­tel takes up 23 floors out of the 55-storey build­ing and fea­tures 150 guest rooms and suites, which in­clude two WOW suites and the Ex­treme WOW Suite – the W’s take on pres­i­den­tial suite. Tak­ing in­spi­ra­tion from the story of Kuala Lumpur it­self, the de­sign is crafted out of the city’s two iden­ti­ties, as a con­flu­ence of two rivers and a di­verse, mul­ti­cul­tural jun­gle city that mar­ries age-old cul­ture with ur­ban moder­nity.

The scene to be seen

The awe-in­spir­ing en­trance in­tro­duces guests to a pixel pat­tern, an el­e­ment in­te­grated through­out the ho­tel and is clev­erly used to con­vey the broad spec­trum of Malaysia’s mul­ti­cul­tural di­ver­sity. Fu­tur­is­tic in its form, the en­trance clev­erly mixes tra­di­tional batik pat­tern and ap­plies it on the sleek me­tal panel wall com­plete with the bam­boo-in­spired chan­de­liers and a chang­ing Led-lit wel­come wall. As a trib­ute to the two rivers that shaped the city, the wel­come lobby is de­signed or­gan­i­cally. In­tri­cately shaped by a floor-to-ceil­ing wa­ter­fall-like rope screen il­lu­mi­nated by neon pink

LED, the stand­ing re­cep­tion ta­ble is shaped like a plateau. Look­ing up, one will no­tice a swirling pat­tern on the ceil­ing, while hand-crafted wooden chan­de­liers that hang on top of the re­cep­tion ta­ble, bring to mind the tra­di­tional spin­ning top.

The ad­ja­cent Liv­ing Room and WOOBAR en­hance the W’s play­ful­ness by pro­vid­ing spa­ces that en­cour­age in­ter­ac­tion and con­ver­sa­tion through its sin­u­ously de­signed fur­ni­ture and vi­brant pop of colours. An out­door area at the WOOBAR pro­vides a se­cluded cor­ner for a têteà-tête in the com­pany of lush trop­i­cal fo­liage and rus­tic wooden floors. In an­other bold state­ment, a cas­cade of steel-mir­rored grand stair­case dra­mat­i­cally re­flects the tex­ture and pat­terns from the sur­round­ing in­te­rior in a con­stantly shift­ing dy­namic, de­pend­ing on where the viewer stands. It is an art form in it­self and makes for an ar­rest­ing spa­tial fo­cal point.

The rapidly pop­u­lar WET Deck of­fers an un­matched panorama of the Petronas Twin Tow­ers from its vicin­ity on the 12th floor. In a nod to the jun­gle city nar­ra­tive, the poolside bar and lounge is the ho­tel’s bird’s nest where one can en­joy the view of the con­crete jun­gle as well as creative mixol­ogy. It is the place to see and be seen right now in Kuala Lumpur, es­pe­cially when a DJ is spin­ning by the vast pool that sports a pix­e­lated tile pat­tern.

Rest and fuel

As guests leave the pub­lic area and en­ter the pri­vacy of their rooms, they will pass the cor­ri­dor with wood-pan­elled walls and the afore­men­tioned pix­e­lated pat­tern that now ap­pears on the car­pet. Taste­fully blend­ing tra­di­tion with moder­nity, the rooms and suites are adorned with de­light­ful de­tails in dash­ing colours.

There are batik pat­terned me­tal pan­els above the head­boards and taro leaves throw pil­lows on the plush beds. Next to the beds, as can be seen in the Spec­tac­u­lar Rooms, a pen­dant lamp made of beads hangs down from the ceil­ing. It is a trib­ute to the in­dige­nous tribe of Malaysia, the Orang Asli and their trin­ket. Each and ev­ery room is en­dowed with nat­u­ral light dur­ing the day from the large win­dow; at night, a dra­matic am­bi­ence is cre­ated through the use of mood light­ing that in­vites one to rest.

Mean­while, AWAY Spa, with its clean lines and wooden sur­faces, of­fers tran­quil­lity. The area cov­ers 12,000 sq ft that in­cludes treat­ment rooms, vi­tal­ity pools, chroma-ther­apy steam baths, bio-in­frared sauna, and a beauty house. The low light­ing and hushed am­bi­ence cre­ates a dra­matic in­ter­play be­tween dark­ness and light. W Kuala Lumpur boasts six din­ing venues. There is YEN, a re­gal modern Can­tonese restau­rant that takes dark wooden floors, a chi­noserie dé­cor and jux­ta­poses them with the light­ing fix­ture on the ceil­ing that glows re­splen­dently. At the all-day din­ing FLOCK, sus­tain­abil­ity plays an im­por­tant role in a menu that high­lights a mix of Western fare and Malaysian favourites. De­spite the sleek in­dus­trial look, it fea­tures fa­mil­iar de­tails, such as the enamel tiffins on top of the buf­fet coun­ters as well as a criss cross wall­pa­per that re­sem­bles the wo­ven bam­boo bas­ket. Apart from WET Deck and WOOBAR, there are two pri­vately man­aged din­ing venues, Saint Pierre, a French restau­rant by chef Em­manuel Stroobant that earned one Miche­lin star at its Sin­ga­pore lo­ca­tion, and WICKED, a VIP night­club to dance the night away.

WOOBAR of­fers a stylish so­cial space to en­joy the nightly vibes of the city.

Thor­oughly modern with a fo­cus on sus­tain­able farm-to-flock spe­cial­ties, FLOCK also pays trib­ute to the Malay her­itage in its de­sign ac­cent, such as the dis­play of enamel tiffins in pop colours.

Nat­u­ral day­light plays an im­por­tant role in the de­sign of the rooms, as can be seen in the Spec­tac­u­lar Room.

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