CAPRI BY FRASER, BUKIT BINTANG \ Kuala Lumpur \ 2021 \ Completed
Capri by Fraser is a 43-storey modern hotel occupying a tight urban site on Jalan Imbi. The design concept is to create a unique architectural statement that distinguishes itself on the skyline of Kuala Lumpur.
The massing strategy deviates from the usual prototype of tower perched above a multi-storey carparking podium. This prototype tends to create an urban edge that is overwhelming in scale, presenting a lifeless façade to the public that discourages pedestrian engagement. With Capri, one of the main considerations is to directly engage the street by bringing the slender tower form down to the ground and embracing the streetscape.
Along one side of the site, a large open drainage reserve is covered and transformed into a urban pocket park as a respite from the busy streetscape.
The timber lined entrance lobby of the Capri, announced by a vertical green wall, directly opens up to the street and from there the guest is taken up to a sky lobby and hotel facilities where engagement with the city is panoramic and encompassing.
Car-parking is pushed to the back of the tower, away from the public realm and compressed into a vertical stacked mechanical parking structure.
The main façade is composed of deep and angled architectural fins, arranged at regular repeated intervals to provide a strong expression of horizontal movement and rhythm. These brise soleil fins also serve as shading devices.
Photo credit: Capri By Fraser, Bukit Bintang