SE­CRET CHARM

The com­pre­hen­sive and de­sign-con­scious liv­ing space at Aira Res­i­dence will en­chant you.

Robb Report (Malaysia) - - Money - By Ken­neth Tan

In the 1960s, Se­lan­gor Prop­er­ties Ber­had (SPB) ac­quired 405 hectares of rub­ber plan­ta­tion land on the out­skirts of Kuala Lumpur and pi­o­neered a fivephase de­vel­op­ment plan for this area – which be­got its name from the Da­mansara River flow­ing through it. In the en­su­ing decades, a grad­ual flow­er­ing of lav­ish bun­ga­lows has taken place, turn­ing the leafy res­i­den­tial en­clave of Da­mansara Heights into one of Kuala Lumpur’s stylish ad­dresses. More re­cently, SPB an­nounced its first lux­ury de­vel­op­ment project in over a decade with Aira Res­i­dence,

util­is­ing one of its last re­main­ing – and choic­est – parcels of land.

The project fea­tures two res­i­den­tial tow­ers ris­ing beyond the hill­top on Jalan Batai to com­mand un­fet­tered panora­mas of the out­ly­ing dis­tricts and of Kuala Lumpur City Cen­tre.

Aira Res­i­dence’s pre­lim­i­nary re­lease of 105 units from Tower A of­fers spa­cious ac­com­mo­da­tion start­ing at 2,679sqft up to 7,730sqft (av­er­age price of RM1,700 per square foot). Ground floor units in­clude a pri­vate pool and lawn, while pent­houses in­clude pri­vate gar­dens and a jacuzzi.

With a name orig­i­nat­ing from the Ara­bic word mean­ing ‘ breath of life’, the em­pha­sis has been to em­ploy high de­sign and in­tu­itive func­tion­al­ity to per­son­ify Aira Res­i­dence. For this pur­pose, the de­vel­oper has seam­lessly merged three top tal­ents in the field of de­sign namely, Piet Boon for its in­te­ri­ors, Franklin Po for land­scapes and Alen Nikolovski for ar­chi­tec­ture. Brian Newman, di­rec­tor for prop­erty at SPB, says this col­lab­o­ra­tion is im­por­tant in re­al­is­ing the de­velop er’s goal of build­ing Kuala Lumpur’s most lux­u­ri­ous con­do­minium project, one that “fuses clas­sic Euro­pean styling with Asian func­tion­al­ity”.

As Newman de­scribes: “Aira Res­i­dence of­fers spa­ces to re­lax and con­tem­plate like Franklin Po’s beau­ti­fully de­signed Tran­quil­lity Gar­dens (a med­i­ta­tion gar­den with per­go­las on ponds), and the so­phis­ti­cated spa­ces found in Piet Boon’s Aira Lounge rem­i­nis­cent of a swanky ho­tel lobby.”

Cue the lav­ish in­te­rior de­signs, in which po­ten­tial home­own­ers are of­fered a chance to per­son­alise their units through a range of styling op­tions by award-win­ning Am­s­ter­dam-based de­sign stu­dio Piet Boon. These choices in­clude colour pal­ettes for wall, floor and

Two res­i­den­tial tow­ers rise beyond the hill­top on Jalan Batai.

cab­i­net fin­ishes, matched with Piet Boon­de­signed fu r n i sh i ngs and cab­i­netry, op­tional Bang & Olufsen home en­ter­tain­ment sys­tems and a dream range of Euro­pean de­sign brands such as Miele, Minotti and Bax­ter. Own­ers may also spec­ify bio­met­ric fire safes, smart home sys­tems and CCTV pack­ages as part of a has­sle­free be­spoke so­lu­tion.

To en­sure max­i­mum pri­vacy, each unit is ac­cessed through pri­vate lift lob­bies, with a three­car garage fit­ted with elec­tric car charg­ing, au­to­mated roller shut­ters and sep­a­rate rooms for driv­ers and body­guards. Lead­ing se­cu­rity con­sul­tants were en­gaged to con­ceive pas­sive and ac­tive sys­tems with mo­tion­sen­sor perime­ter fenc­ing and in­ter­com links from each apart­ment to the lobby lounge.

Newman says. “With Aira Res­i­dence, we want to of­fer some­thing unique and ir­re­place­able – like a Pi­casso paint­ing, the Flo­ren­tine di­a­mond or a del­i­cate Ming vase.” airares­i­dence.com ≠

To en­sure max­i­mum pri­vacy, each unit is ac­cessed through pri­vate lift lob­bies.

Aira Res­i­dence is de­signed and built with the life­style needs and de­sires of elite high-net­worth in­di­vid­u­als in mind.

Res­i­den­tial ameni­ties in­clude an in­fin­ity pool set amid ter­raced gar­dens. In­set: the rooftop view­ing deck.

The Tran­quil­lity Gar­den by Franklin Po of Tierra De­sign.

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