A condo, retail and leisure centre all in one at Lumi Tropicana


Lumi Park, a 1.2ha recreational podium rooftop park has rock climbing features, tennis and futsal courts and other amenities for residents to unwind, rejuvenate and mingle.

WHO would have thought that lifestyle, leisure and business could successfully co-exist in one place?

Thriven Global Bhd, formerly known as Mulpha Land, has done just that through its innovative, forward-looking design and smart urban planning.

Its latest project, Lumi Tropicana, located in the heart of Petaling Jaya, embodies a total living concept with retail, food and leisure options integrated into a holistic community.

Lumi Tropicana is the first of the Lumi Collection series and consists of three main components: a dynamic food-and-lifestyle marketplace, SOHO suites and service residences within four 35-storey towers.

It also has a 198m swimming pool that links all four blocks, so that residents can have a leisurely swim while taking in the panoramic view.

The experts behind Lumi Tropicana’s architectural design are from RT+Q Architects Pte Ltd, who work closely with their local counterpart in Malaysia.

Established in 2003, RT+Q has done numerous projects, ranging from individual houses, condominiums, resorts, offices and commercial buildings to projects in Singapore, Jakarta, Penang and Kuala Lumpur.

(From left) Fumagalli, Gavinelli, Quek and team leader and main project architect Melvin Keng with a model of Lumi Tropicana.
(From left) Fumagalli, Gavinelli, Quek and team leader and main project architect Melvin Keng with a model of Lumi Tropicana.

The company’s works have gained recognition at the SIA Architectural Design Awards, the President’s Design Award and the PAM Awards.

RT+Q director TK Quek said Lumi Tropicana would be like a city within a city because of several combined components.

“The retail part is located at the bottom of the building, followed by the SOHO in the middle, and then the apartments at the top.

“There is a car park behind, as well as a 1.2ha recreational podium rooftop park called Lumi Park with rock climbing features, tennis and futsal courts, and amenities.

“The development is shaped like a fan,” shared Quek, adding that the style was a practical and contemporary interpretation of a high-rise tropical living with a “hint of vertical gardens”.

According to RT+Q team leader and main project architect Melvin Keng, the development was unique as the ground landscape plane was raised by utilising the roofs of various buildings in the development for recreation and planting.

In addition, every tower has two sky terraces for residents to unwind, rejuvenate and mingle.

“The lower sky terraces contain garden units while the higher ones have different recreational facilities based on the block’s theme – Play, Action, Wellness, and Business and Lifestyle,” revealed Keng.

On the architectural concept of the facade, Keng highlighted that the balconies would be fitted into vertical fin walls to make them look enclosed as opposed to normal balconies which look like they are “stuck-on”.

“We have designed ‘habitable’ balconies to achieve an extended tropical outdoor room concept. The idea is for you to extend your living area beyond your living area,” explained Keng.

Interior design also plays a part in giving homebuyers an idea of what their future home could look like.

For this, Thriven has engaged MD Architecture and Design Consulting to create a picture perfect home for the Lumi Gallery and Lumi Tropicana show unit.

Focusing on elements that revolve around “the way of life”, architect directors Marco Fumagalli and Davide Gavinelli took to imagining how people can live comfortably in their apartments while utilising as much space as possible.

“Our designs, including the cabinets, kitchen and wardrobes, were designed to have more storage spaces,” revealed Gavinelli.

Fumagalli pointed out that their design of the gallery and show unit’s interior focused on the definition of luminous, which is a play on the name ‘Lumi’.

“We decided on a bright colour scheme to stress on the lighting. Our goal is to keep the balance between light and warmth without losing the lumi effect,” explained Fumagalli.

He added that some of the furniture used were designed by them and had been made available on the market, while others were specially custom-made for this project.

The duo also advised future homebuyers to first understand their needs and priorities when planning space.

“You need to know which part of the house you like to spend more time in and how you spend the day when you’re at home.

“Then you can slowly expand and develop this to the rest of the house,” explained Fumagalli.

Founded in 2013 by Fumagalli and Gavinelli, MD Architecture and Design Consulting is an architecture and design practice that covers architecture, product and interior design, urban planning and interior design, and corporate identity studies.

Based in Milan, Italy, the firm has undertaken projects that have made waves in the United Arab Emirates, Poland, Malta and India, winning accolades like the iDot Design Award, European Consumers Choice Award and the Best, Touch and Feel Award at the recent Star Property Award.

Lumi Tropicana is slated to be ready by mid-2019.

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