Cover The Petronas Twin Towers as seen between Le Nouvel's twin towers

Living in a residential building designed by a star-chitect is a bit like wearing designer labels. There's snob value for sure but more than that, you'll be spending every day in an iconic piece of design. Some existing and some still being built, here are four of the city's finest.

Conlay by Kerry Hill Architects

The late Kerry Hill had a unique talent of building with great sensitivity to context. His unforgettable resorts for the Aman group like the Amankora lodges in Bhutan and the Aman Kyoto in Japan, as well as the Aga Khan award-winning Datai in Langkawi are all testaments to the Australian-born architect's extraordinary expertise. His studio, Kerry Hill Architects, continues this legacy of creating contextually sensitive buildings with Conlay in the heart of Kuala Lumpur's golden triangle.



Developed by the E&O Group, Conlay is a 51-storey tower with sleek lines which sit comfortably amongst the city's vista of modernist skyscrapers although its picture-framed bezels assure its future status as a striking new landmark. Appropriately for an architect whose body of work "has come to define tropical modernism in the region", the building's three distinctive picture-framed bezels house sky gardens which soften the facade while capturing panoramic views of the surroundings.

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Conlay's infinity pool
Above Conlay's infinity pool

Designed like an urban resort, Conlay is truly an oasis in the heart of the city with Hill's signature meticulous detailing reflected in every aspect. From finely crafted timber to warm stone cladding, honed granite floors to atmospheric lighting, every considered detail makes for a glorious, elegant whole.

Featuring 491 finely crafted serviced apartments and two floors of first-class amenities, residents will enjoy the best of resort living daily. This will be complemented by E&O's renowned hospitality services to put the cherry on top of this Kerry Hill masterpiece. 

Targeted completion 2024

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Arcoris by Foster+Partners

Since Lord Norman Foster established Foster+Partners in 1967, the studio has been creating work that's always at the forefront of sustainable architecture, urbanism, engineering and design. In this vein is the unique proposition that is Arcoris Mont Kiara, a mixed used development by UEM Sunrise which combines places to live and work with a range of social spaces. 

The sprawling 1.5 million sq ft scheme takes on a more inclusive and integrated view of living, working and lifestyle by creating an development that draws people in rather than shutting them out, which is the more conventional modus operandi in this well-heeled residential district. To this end, the boundaries of the site are highly permeable and buildings extend laterally to appear lower than neighbouring towers thus turning the inwards towards the green central plaza, lined with cafes, shops and landscaped terraces.


Providing a new social heart for Mont Kiara, the intention was for Arcoris to benefit the wider community with new facilities, connections and civic spaces. Comprising of two blocks, the northern block  houses the residences, while the south-facing building contains a hotel, serviced apartments, offices and leisure facilities, as well as tiers of shops and restaurants at ground level.

WithI sustainability at the heart of the Foster+Partners design approach, Arcoris features a wealth of green features build into its programme. Natural ventilation is enhanced by the orientation of the parallel volumes, as well as by a series of voids within each block, which promote cross-ventilation, and horizontal brise-soleil provide shade.


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Foster + Partners distinctive facade
Above Foster + Partners distinctive facade

Rather than a flat face, the Arcoris Residences features a textured façade made up of a series of projecting volumes, which articulate the different apartments externally and allow residents to identify their own home—a personal approach that is echoed throughout the development.

Clocking in at 18 floors with a total of 331 units, apartments are grouped around central cores and ranges from three to four-bedroom apartments, both single and duplex to enhance the sense of individuality and choice. 

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Le Nouvel KLCC by Atelier Jean Nouvel

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The unique biophilic Le Nouvel facade
Above The unique biophilic Le Nouvel facade

Pritzker Prize-winning architect's Jean Nouvel work defies easy characterisation but his boldly experimental designs always transform the landscapes in which they are built, often becoming major urban events in their own right. With landmark projects like the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris and  The Louvre Museum In Abu Dhabi, Nouvel has earned a place in the pantheon of architectural superstars. 

Malaysia' first project by the French architect is fittingly opposite another iconic landmark, the Petronas Twin Towers and named Le Nouvel KLCC. Developed by Wing Tai, the complex comprises two slender towers, 43 and 48 stories respectively. The facade is magnificently biophilic, combining modern elements of sleek glass with natural lush greenery to allow abundant natural light into the building.


French landscape architect and botanist Patrick Blanc was also enlisted to create the now lush vertical gardens. To navigate the factors affecting plant life including insects, sunlight, and intense winds—which vary from level to level—Blanc used 243 species of plants to accommodate the disparities. A serene lily pond was also installed on the pool deck on Level 7. A Sky Bridge on Level 34 connect both towers and here residents can not just enjoy the enviable view, they'll enjoy premium facilities such as wine, cocktail and cigar lounges and sky dining options. 

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Kenny Heights Estates by Kengo Kuma & Associates

Architect Kengo Kuma, who the New York Times described as "the most famous Japanese architect Americans have never heard of, mostly due to his sparse record of building outside of East Asia", has always displayed an almost magical ability of being able to transform unusual materials into stunning and thought-provoking design. Rejecting flashy forms in favour of buildings in harmony with their environment, the architect's most recent work was the serene Tokyo Olympic stadium.

Kuma's touch can be seen in Kenny Heights Estate, a luxury development by Dutaland comprising 49 units of 4-storey terraced town villas in Sri Hartamas. Each town villa has 4-5 bedrooms, a private lift, a basement garage, as well as a private swimming pool on the top floor. 


Kuma's design was inspired by the theme of breathing space which can be seem in how interiors incorporates nature into the living space. Selected units also feature vertical gardens and lush landscaping designed by renowned French botanist, Patrick Blanc. In addition, the development also boasts amenities and facilities such as a clubhouse, also designed by Kuma, which is equipped with a 25m lap pool, a wading pool a Jacuzzi spa pool, a gym and a wine bar.

See also: 8 Awesome Olympic Stadiums Designed By Acclaimed Architects

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