SOUTHEAST ASIA BUILDING26 Dec 2021
Category: Commercial Projects – SIA Architectural Design Awards 2021
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SIA Architectural Design Awards 2021 – Category: Commercial Projects

Design Award

o One & Only, Desaru Coast, Kerry Hill Architects Pte Ltd

Located on a secluded 1.1-kilometre south-eastern Malaysian coastline in Johor. Much of the 25- hectare site is made up of former fairways of an established golf course. The site is framed by an existing forest, which conceals it from view from the road and evokes the nostalgic feeling of a Malaysian kampong, protected the site from the monsoon winds from the South China Sea, providing a sense of enclosure and privacy.

The design strategy capitalizes on this unique calmness. On arrival in the central hotel forecourt, the design strategy becomes immediately evident. To the north and south of the open lobby, two double-height pavilions house the main public facilities and sit on a strong stone base. These frame a powerful axial view over the 50-meter swimming pool, which appears to stretch through a break in the trees towards the ocean.

Jury Citation:

Sited on a former golf course, the resort’s low laying blocks are master planned within strict and conceptual grids akin to an abstract artwork. The blocks are strategically located and stepped back to allow for sea views while preserving endemic costal fauna. The contrast between the rectilinear master plan and existing landscape creates an appealing juxtaposition. The architectural design is decidedly modern with intricate details. This project an understated well-design building that is quietly confident and exquisitely executed.