Nov '12 - Jan '13
This might be the project that inspired this blog. My first experiences of this mega-mall were as a passenger in a car. Solaris Mont Kiara is positioned along the arc of a freeway, on top of a hill. The sheer length of the development coupled with its prominence make it unmissable: driving by it at speed limit takes a little while!
Solaris Mont Kiara is less of a mall, and more of a district. It essentially defines the edge of an urban block of pedestrian-friendly streets. All pedestrian circulation is pushed to the outside edges of the building, along sidewalks and an elevated promenade, enhancing life on the interior street.
The project comprises offices, condominiums and a two story collection of bars, restaurants, and a grocery. There are 4 levels of parking below grade, occupying the entire 650 foot length of the L shaped configuration.
photographic documentation of urban mega-hybrids in a contemporary asian capital