Urban park design wins award

SkySanctuary Park, situated in Setapak, Kuala Lumpur, picks up an industry award for outstanding development within the city.

A CITY developer’s modern urban park design has been recognised at the Malaysia Landscape Architecture Awards (MLAA13) ceremony held in Johor.

Skyworld Development Bhd’s SkySanctuary Park, located in Setapak, Kuala Lumpur, was honoured in the Landscape Development Awards developer category.

The accolade showcases the contribution of SkySanctuary Park in redefining urban landscapes and providing an enchanting retreat amid the bustling city.

SkySanctuary Park is an urban park designed for residents of the SkySanctuary development that blends nature and modern design seamlessly, offering the community a unique urban oasis and lakeside living experience.

Spanning 1.18ha, the park integrates lush green spaces, artistic installations and recreational amenities where people can reconnect with nature, rejuvenate their senses and provide a rich tapestry of experiences for individuals and families alike.

SkyWorld Development Bhd chief executive officer Lee Chee Seng said: “We believe that our role as a responsible city developer goes beyond just building homes and commercial spaces.

“We are committed to creating sustainable communities that prioritise wellness and quality of life, and that includes creating substantial green spaces that connect with nature.

“In line with our efforts in promoting sustainable, community-focused developments in Malaysia, we have made significant efforts to design SkySanctuary as a nature-focused green township where residents are able to live in a city with its own private park.”

Lee said the park’s design incorporated several elements of biophilic design, which is an approach to architecture and urban planning that seeks to connect people with nature.

Designed with a vision to preserve land integrity and safeguard biodiversity, SkySanctuary Park has 72 species and 100,523 botanical plants, including trees, grass areas, shrubs, indigenous wetlands and aquatic plants.

This helps to foster a natural habitat, offer a vibrant ecosystem that promotes a healthier lifestyle and encourage a profound connection with the natural world.

Beyond its aesthetic appeal, the park’s lake serves a vital purpose as a retention pond, effectively mitigating flood concerns in the neighbouring housing area.

“We strongly advocate for the value-added function of stormwater retention ponds, which not only benefit human recreation but also contribute to the conservation of indigenous flora and fauna.

“SkySanctuary Park stands as a testament to our dedication to preserving biodiversity, fostering sustainability and creating a space that truly benefits the community.

“SkyWorld is all about creating environments that not only inspire and delight but also contribute to the well-being of the community,” said Lee.

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