Five chosen to design mall based on famous cities

Siow (fifth from left) with the judges for Design Capital 21 Competition 2016 at the Capital City Property office in Jalan Tampoi.

JOHOR BARU: In conjunction with the adoption of the world’s famous capital cities theme for a shopping mall, a design competition was organised to select the five international architects and interior designers to collaborate in turning the vision into reality.

Capital City Property Sdn Bhd director Siow Chien Fu said that the Design Capital 21 Competition 2016 was opened to all architects and interior designers all over the world since December last year.

He said that the competition was organised to look for the best ideas for their theme of the world’s famous capital cities from the five continents for the five floors of the shopping mall, including America, Europe, Australia/Oceania, Asia and Middle-East/Africa.

“Each floor must represent their respective continent by bringing to life their characteristics and identities of its capital cities.

“By having these themes, visitors will have the chance to experience the ambiance and atmosphere of the cities that we have recreated on each floor,” he said in a press conference held at Capital City Property Sdn Bhd office in Jalan Tampoi here.

He said that the six-storey retail mall is an integral part of the development and would be known as Capital 21 where it would be located on approximately four hectares of land, comprising a 32-storey international hotel with 315 rooms.

He added that apart from that, the area would also have a 32-storey tower with 630 units of serviced suites and three 29-storey towers of serviced apartments with a total of 690 units.

“After over five months since we opened the competition that was organised by BCI Asia for the public, we have selected the lucky five winners for each floor to incorporate the ideas at the mall.

“The winners are Albert Yu from Philippines (Australia/Oceania floor), Sarawoot Jansaeng-Aram from Thailand (America floor), Tolga Sarigul from Turkey (Middle East/Africa floor), Jonus Ademovic from United States of America (Europe floor) and Tan Chee Khoon from Malaysia for the Asia floor,” he said.

Siow added that the winner of each floor would receive US$10,000 (RM40,315) in prize money, adding that Capital 21 is slated to be completed in 2018.

As its name suggests, the themed floors of Capital 21 would feature a number of major cities including New York, Vegas, New Orleans, Dallas, Washington, Havana, London, Paris, Rome, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Lisbon, Berlin and St. Petersburg.

Among others are Wellington, Sydney, Melbourne, Christchurch, Gold Coast, Singapore, Bali, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo, Macau, Cairo, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Istanbul, Dubai and Morocco.

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