THE Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way we work and live, with up to 47.8 million people across Asean shifting to remote work arrangements from home following the outbreak.
This includes up to 26% of workers in Malaysia over the next few years according to professional services consultancy Deloitte – a trend that is well underway as the people adapt to recurring lockdowns.
However, the work from home (WFH) norm is giving way to the work near home (WNH) paradigm, as loosening regulations and the launch of the national Covid-19 vaccine initiative point to a future with fewer movement restrictions, giving Malaysians greater flexibility in their work set-ups.
This fundamental, far-reaching shift in our work requires an accompanying change in the way we live and design our homes. In line with its commitment to mindful town-making across its portfolio, Gamuda Land, known for its pioneering approach to innovative living concepts, has introduced a range of WNH features in Gamuda Cove in Southern Klang Valley, complementing the smart, sustainable township’s future-ready approach in the next normal.
Bringing the community together
Drawing inspiration from the way Malaysians unite in the face of the Covid-19 outbreak, Gamuda Land has introduced the Community Pavilion as its flagship WNH facility in its upcoming Enso Woods precinct at Gamuda Cove, offering double and triple-storey garden terrace homes.
The Community Pavilion comprises 8,000sqft of community spaces with co-working-friendly features that comply with health and safety guidelines, for the benefit of Enso Woods owners and residents.
“One of our town-making principles is when we get the places right, the town works. When we master-plan, we think not only of the home place but we carefully think through the work place, the park place, the play place and how the pandemic has affected the way we live and work at home.
“Understanding future trends such as WNH, the Community Pavilion at Enso Woods is designed for working close to home and in proximity to the family with all the safety, security, connectivity and comfort of conventional offices, ” said Gamuda Cove general manager Wong Yik Fong.
Designed as a double-storey circular hub surrounding a central community farming space, the Community Pavilion’s structure includes collaborative, air-conditioned spaces where required to cater to the local climate. These range from individual working pods, a plug and play zone with bar seating and cascade seating, to a meeting/dining room with retractable screen for group tête-à-têtes.
The Community Pavilion provides locks to safeguard personal items such as laptops and documents, ensuring peace of mind for residents and visitors.
The Community Pavilion is part of Gamuda Land’s Planning for the Future think-tank initiative, led by its product management unit to spearhead the developer’s post-pandemic planning, research and design efforts in line with changing home seeker needs in the new norm.
Catering for the retail revolution
Complementing this WNH focus, the Townsquare in Gamuda Cove offers commercial convenience in line with evolving retail trends worldwide – featuring open, al fresco spaces lined with double and triple-storey retail units.
“We ensure a self-sustaining component mix for residents and visitors by placing everything they need within easy reach. This is seen in the Townsquare, which is located less than 10 minutes away from residential precincts such as Enso Woods, Maya Bay Residences and Palma Sands – allowing owners and visitors to leverage on its commercial pull factors, ” said Wong.
“With an estimated population catchment of 650,000 in the immediate vicinity, and projected annual footfall of more than one million from nearby amenities, the Townsquare is also ideally positioned for enterprises and start-ups to launch WNH co-working spaces and collaborative offices as Gamuda Cove becomes the vibrant new epicentre of Southern Klang Valley.”
Spread over three hectares, the Townsquare’s 100 retail offerings are divided by The Street, The Alley and The Plaza – envisioned as pedestrian-friendly boulevards and spaces to encourage healthy social experiences and community engagement.
Ambient temperatures throughout are kept low by design, using computational fluid dynamic (CFD) studies and solar radiation analysis to benchmark the prevailing universal thermal climate index (UTCI).
Smart, sustainable approach to future readiness
In line with changing retail trends, Townsquare’s tenant mix is targeted towards dining outlets as well as essentials operators, which are projected to account for 24.2% and 8.0% of retail demand following the Covid-19 outbreak, according Australian property innovation firm Brickfields Consulting.
This forward-looking approach is seen in the larger Gamuda Cove township as well, with future-ready features aligned towards post-pandemic lifestyles built into its design from the start, despite planning having taken place prior to the pandemic.
These include Maxis 5G infrastructure, offering owners and residents next-generation connectivity to boost WNH productivity as well as smart home applications – in tandem with the national 5G roll-out planned for 2021.
Other sustainable features include vehicle-free lanes to encourage walking, jogging and cycling, as well as automated buses to destinations around the township for greater accessibility.
Situated in Southern Klang Valley next to the Kuala Langat Forest Reserve, Gamuda Cove spans 620 hectares close to natural attractions such as the Paya Indah Discovery Wetlands and the 36ha Forest Park, as well as proximity to major routes like the North-South Expressway Central Link (Elite Highway) and the South Klang Valley Expressway (SKVE).
Enso Woods and Townsquare will be completed by 2024, complementing existing residential precincts such as Maya Bay Residences and Palma Sands.
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