DESIGNING TOWNS THAT CATER TO PEOPLE


Xploria at Gamuda Gardens caters to the recreational and entertainment needs of residents and visitors.

LOCATED just a 20-minute drive from Petaling Jaya, Gamuda Gardens in north Sungai Buloh, Selangor, is a 328ha township that captivates with lush greenery, two waterfalls, five cascading lakes and ample community places.

As its first residents prepare to move in, the developer is upping the ante with Xploria, a placemaking initiative featuring an assortment of recreational and entertainment attractions for residents and visitors.

“What makes us different is our town-making that focuses on the importance of a lively neighbourhood and inviting public spaces, ” said Gamuda Gardens general manager Chu Wai Lune.

“It may sound very technical but placemaking to us is not just about designing parks or entertainment places.

“It is the mindful planning that goes into the careful design of efficient walkways and motorways; the interrelations between every component in the town such as the park, the school, retail, F&B and landscaping; and ensuring that all these come together harmoniously in the right setting.

“Ultimately, we are designing a comprehensive township that provides greater value for the community than just the sum of its parts, ” he said.

Coming attractions

Open green spaces in particular are becoming more important due to their natural ability to facilitate conversations and engagement among people of all ages.

This township features a 20ha central park, crafted according to the natural undulating terrain with 5.5km of jogging loop around the park that supports the community’s health and wellness journey.

Paws Playland, a point of interest in Xploria, is an off-leash space specially set aside for residents to have fun with their furry friends.

Chu: Beyond brick and mortar, we crafted gathering places and play places for people to enjoy, to connect with each other and to really reconnect with nature.Chu: Beyond brick and mortar, we crafted gathering places and play places for people to enjoy, to connect with each other and to really reconnect with nature.

It includes basic agility equipment for pet training as well as a pet playground and a pet party place.

Also nestled within the central park is Adventure Playland, a children’s playground with an integrated zipline and challenging rope-climbing structure that will appeal to families and children alike.

Waterfront Village

The sprawling Waterfront Village, situated by the lakeside and directly accessible from the central park, caters for the daily needs of residents.

Tenants here range from F&B outlets to a bicycle rental shop and a grocer, Freshii Neighbourhood Market which opens daily from 10am to 8pm.

Located within the Waterfront Village, Gardens Wellness Club comes with facilities such as eight badminton courts, an Olympic-length swimming pool, a dance studio and more.

All the components are designed to complement each other, making the Waterfront Village a one-stop centre for day-to-day activities within the neighbourhood.

Big Bucket Splash

Residents and visitors can enjoy some respite from the heat and cool off at the neighbourhood water play park called the Big Bucket Splash, which is also part of Gamuda Gardens’ Xploria.

Measuring 1,180sq m and well-equipped with towering slides, shallow pools, water guns, animal characters and rain buckets just to name a few, the Big Bucket Splash is a place for children and adults to have countless hours of fun within the township.

It is also an ideal venue for celebratory events such as children’s birthday parties.

More Xploria excitement

Other attractions in Xploria include the Gardens Arena FIFA-standard football pitch and enchanting Le Gardens Pavilion event space facing the lush greenery within Central Park which can comfortably fit up to 400 guests.

Further attractions to be launched by end-2020 include a horse-riding facility for young explorers to ride a 1.5km forest trail.

There will be a paddock area for leisure rides, a heart-pounding Crazy Cart drift, a panoramic picnic boat ride on the majestic lake as well as the Gamuda Parks nature school for young minds to explore the environment through a series of well-curated outdoor learning programmes on the rainforest, entomology, soil science, aquatic ecology, ornithology (study of birds) and more.

Participants will be guided through the forest trail to listen to the sounds of the tropical rainforest and understand the ecosystem as a whole.

Skyline Luge, the global thrill ride for all ages, will be coming to Gamuda Gardens City Centre.Skyline Luge, the global thrill ride for all ages, will be coming to Gamuda Gardens City Centre.

“When we are being mindful with placemaking as part of our town-making, we know that it will make our town work for the people who call Gamuda Gardens home, ” said Chu.

“Our community will get a feel for the town’s personality when they come here and experience memorable times with friends and family.

“It is these happy moments that will create a sense of belonging for people.

“That is why we are investing in these transformative placemaking strategies to better support our community well into the future, ” he said, adding that the developer was in negotiation for more exciting features in Xploria.

City Centre

Gamuda Gardens City Centre, the heart and pulse of the township, is set for completion by 2023.

Poised to address the recreational and entertainment gap between Kuala Lumpur and northern Klang Valley, it will be the beating heart of Klang Valley North.

In creating the Gamuda Gardens City Centre, the developer is crafting a play place, shopping place, learning place and work place.

Dedicated to retail entertainment, elements of the city centre are composed of unique retail experiences and exciting attractions.

Fast-paced Fun with Skyline Luge

Nature-lovers and thrill seekers can look forward to one of the world’s most innovative rides in Gamuda Gardens City Centre with the introduction to Malaysia of the fast-paced fun of the Skyline Luge. With over 2,000 metres of purpose-built track featuring exhilarating twists, turns and tunnels, the Luge is a gravity fuelled wheeled ride that puts the fun in the hands of the riders.

To be built on a 40,000 square metre hill site the Luge also features an elevated Sky Ride that will sail effortlessly 150 metres above the Gamuda Gardens panoramic greenery, and for the more daring, also include a thrilling Zipline experience through the tree canopy.

“We want this town to be very relatable, a place that is created for people. Beyond brick and mortar, we crafted gathering places and play places for people to enjoy, to connect with each other and to really reconnect with nature, ” Chu concluded.

To find out more, go to gamudaland.com.my/gamudagardens or call 03-2727 7438.

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