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22/04/15
The Silver Rush Begins: Eric Kuhne interviewed as Silvertown gets green light VIEW

31/03/15
Big news for Bellingham: CivicArts concept masterplan helps seal deal VIEW

15/05/14
Island Gardens Miami gets the green light VIEW

16/03/14
Green Shoots for Garden City: George Osbourne gives backing to Ebsfleet VIEW

01/08/13
Great new ways: Eric Kuhne sheds light on Paxton's grand design VIEW

22/07/13
Building better by example: Headwaters Park encourages good design VIEW

23/05/13
Letter of the week: Eric Kuhne responds to AJ article on Titanic Quarter VIEW

10/05/13
Cracking ad campaign: Wallace and Gromit's Titanic adventure VIEW

02/05/13
Numbers that speak for themselves: Titanic Belfast's maiden statistics VIEW

11/10/12
An exchange of ideas: CivicArts plays host to the APECF delegation VIEW

19/09/12
Headwaters Park Development Symposium: Eric Kuhnes visionary mind to be 'tapped again' VIEW

10/08/12
Let there be Light: Work begins on CivicArts' Tower of Light at Mid Valley Gardens VIEW

03/08/12
Experience Eric: Watch Eric Kuhne's speech at the TILE Experience Economy Forum VIEW

01/05/12
A lot to talk about: Eric Kuhne interviewed in article on 'ReThinking a Lot' VIEW

18/04/12
Blueprint for Belfast icon: Read Blueprint's review of Titanic Belfast VIEW

12/04/12
Titanic plans to transform Belfast's cityscape VIEW

11/04/12
Will Belfast become "Titanic City"? VIEW

05/04/12
Inside Titanic Belfast VIEW

04/04/12
Belfast wagers on Titanic's unsinkable appeal VIEW

02/04/12
Titanic return for 105-year-old VIEW

01/04/12
Derelict Titanic shipyard revitalised for 100th anniversary VIEW

31/03/12
Titanic Belfast opens doors to public VIEW

30/03/12
Titanic Belfast exhibit opening where doomed ship built VIEW

19/03/12
Billboard Belfast: Titanic Belfast becomes platform for promoting Northern Ireland VIEW

11/03/12
Songs from the Shipyards: Titanic Belfast featured on 'Songs of Praise' VIEW

01/03/12
The Opening Draws Near: 30 days till Titanic Belfast launches VIEW

09/02/12
It's a sign! Steel TITANIC installed on Queen's Island VIEW

01/02/12
Two months to Launch: Titanic Belfast nears the end of the rainbow VIEW

20/12/11
Hear the Heartbeat: Titantic Belfast trailer now on YouTube VIEW

11/11/11
Like ships in the night: New nocturnal images of Titanic Belfast VIEW

09/08/11
Clad Tidings: Titanic Signature Project's plates in place VIEW

04/08/11
Signature Project to get the Full Picture: Dr Robert Ballard prepares to return to Titanic VIEW

28/06/11
The Book of the Mall: Two CivicArts projects published in ArtPower's 'More? Mall!' VIEW

03/06/11
Midway Gardens, Istanbul: A blueprint for successful symbiotic activity VIEW

31/05/11
Marking a moment in time: Belfast commemorates Titanic's launch VIEW

24/05/11
Powering through the pipeline: Titanic Signature Project progresses VIEW

06/04/11
Prime Example: Eric to speak at the e.g. 5 conference this Friday VIEW

25/03/11
Coming ashore in style: See CivicArts' scheme for a luxury liner terminal in Istanbul VIEW

23/03/11
Viva Las Vegas: CivicArts' horseshoe scheme deals a new hand to the city of dreams VIEW

22/03/11
Speaking in Stockholm: Eric Kuhne to present '5 CITIES FOR THE FUTURE' at Kopcentrumdagen VIEW

09/02/11
Re-imagining Retail: CivicArts transforms Chadstone into a town centre VIEW

04/02/11
Building Pictures: Donal Mc Cann begins his portrait of the Signature Project VIEW

14/12/10
Water under the bridge?: Read Bluewater press cuttings from the EKA archive VIEW

24/11/10
New face on the net: Al Wady Gardens gets its own Facebook page VIEW

23/11/10
Eric currently being interviewed by Ben Thompson, editor of MENA Infrastructure magazine VIEW

23/11/10
Saving the best till last: Eric closes the first day of The Big 5 VIEW

18/11/10
Book & Blog, Twitter & Tube: Follow our Multidisciplinary Practice through Multiple Media VIEW

16/11/10
New signature on Belfast's skyline: Titanic Signature Project takes shape VIEW

04/11/10
Letter on a Lecture: Paul Finch records his thoughts on Eric's Berlin presentation VIEW

29/10/10
City of Silk and Mohammed Bin Rashid Gardens win Arabian Property Awards VIEW

22/10/10
An Eye to the Future: Eric joins the judging panel at the World Retail Conference VIEW

21/10/10
Presenting the Future: Eric addresses the World Retail Conference in Berlin VIEW

14/10/10
A Riverfront Reborn: A vision for Griffintown's renaissance VIEW

12/10/10
Building Narratives in Boston: Eric explains architecture's story-telling qualities at the BBF VIEW

11/10/10
Hot Property: Eric explores 'The Prophesy of Leisure' at London's Property Investor Show VIEW

30/09/10
New Life along the Lachine: Two weeks till release of Griffintown, Montreal VIEW

23/09/10
A New Pearl in Paradise: Manama Lagoon adds layers of luxury to Bahrain VIEW

16/09/10
Arabian Accolades: CivicArts succeeds in winning two International Property Awards VIEW

15/09/10
Layers, Leaves and Light: New pictures of Mid Valley Gardens VIEW

10/09/10
Something in the Pipeline: Watch Al Wady Gardens on YouTube VIEW

09/09/10
Graceful living by the Gulf: Manama Lagoon to be released in two weeks VIEW

08/09/10
A Land of Luxury Along the Wadi: Al Wady Gardens released online VIEW

01/09/10
Palatial Patterns in the Sand: One week till Al Wady Gardens comes to the website VIEW

27/08/10
A New Reel on Riyadh: Film of Al Wady Gardens released VIEW

11/08/10
Tower in Waiting: New images of the proposed V Building VIEW

04/06/10
Storeys for stories: Titanic Signature Project takes shape VIEW

06/05/10
Lasting Legacy: FX magazine salutes Bluewater's enduring quality VIEW

11/03/10
CTBUH 2009 Chicago Conference video: "Starcatchers versus Skyscrapers" VIEW

22/02/10
CTBUH Summary: 'We are constructing today what had been dreams just a few years ago' VIEW

21/01/10
Leading the Pack: Burj Mubarak al Kabir tops Popular Mechanic's survey of future skyscrapers VIEW

04/12/09
Firm Foundations: 4,000 tons of concrete poured into the Titanic Signature Project VIEW

04/11/09
Executive Decision: Titanic Quarter receives a 10m endorsement from Belfast City Council VIEW

03/11/09
43.5 million pound grant from Government keeps Titanic Quarter steaming ahead VIEW

22/10/09
Eric to present the case for 'Starcatchers versus Skyscrapers' at Chicago conference VIEW

01/07/09
Good news will travel: Titanic Quarter graces easyJet Traveller magazine VIEW

01/05/09
Mohammed Bin Rashid Gardens and the debate on Dubai's sustainable future VIEW

31/03/09
Burj Mubarak Al Kabir features in Science Illustrated's lineup of tall buildings VIEW

25/03/09
Eric Kuhne lays out his vision for integrated architecture and civic arts in Landscape VIEW

22/03/09
Flagstone Properties presses ahead with the long-awaited Island Gardens, Miami VIEW

20/02/09
Passionate Visionary: Read the Eric Kuhne interview with Men's Passion magazine VIEW

13/02/09
Extreme Exposure: Burj Mubarak al Kabir graces the cover of Popular Science VIEW

26/01/09
Eric Kuhne attends the Nordic Urban Design Conference in Bergen, Norway as Keynote Speaker VIEW

20/01/09
The Tallest Towers in 2020: The Council on Tall Buildings measures up the Burj Mubarak al Kabir VIEW

07/01/09
Excited bloggers are already posting photos of the newly opened Mid Valley Gardens... VIEW

06/01/09
Island Gardens anticipates wildlife sanctuary for birds at Biscayne Bay and Watson Island VIEW

29/11/08
Belfast News Letter: Titanic building 'will be icon' VIEW

28/11/08
Belfast Telegraph City News : Titanic rises again in 100m plan VIEW

28/11/08
BBC News: Titanic project 'to benefit all' VIEW

27/11/08
BBC News: Executive launches Titanic funds VIEW

24/11/08
The Gulf Magazine, September 6-12, 2008: Mohammed Bin Rashid Gardens VIEW

24/11/08
Executive Magazine Special report Oct 08: Kuwait's City of Silk VIEW

18/11/08
Building, Oct 08: Eric Kuhne interview: Aladdin's cave VIEW

14/11/08
Island Gardens Groundbreaking Bash VIEW

17/10/08
Burj Mubarak Al Kabir Tower features in Hyundai Genesis advert VIEW

17/10/08
Kuwait to invest in mega projects - Kuwait Times VIEW

29/08/08
MEA June 08 - Telling Stories: The City of Silk VIEW

29/08/08
Renowned architect slams snub to Arabic heritage VIEW

29/08/08
Arabian Business: City of Silk VIEW

23/07/08
The Guardian: Kuwait plans new 132bn metropolis VIEW

23/07/08
Outdoor Design magazine: Mohammed Bin Rashid Gardens VIEW

17/07/08
Journal Gazette: Headwaters Park - A towering idea VIEW

17/07/08
Guardian article: cost of driving impact on out-of-town shopping VIEW

25/06/08
Panoramas of Darling Park's Cockle Bay Wharf VIEW

25/06/08
A Renaissance for Skyscrapers - NYTimes.com VIEW

25/05/08
Hotelier magazine - Middle East. Buliding Dreams VIEW

20/05/08
The National, Peter C Baker meets Eric Kuhne, the architectural evangelist VIEW

14/04/08
Video of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Gardens launch VIEW

19/03/08
Kuwait details US$77 billion 'City of Silk' VIEW

06/03/08
Headwaters Park to announce possible new structures VIEW

06/03/08
A Towering Idea - Headwaters Park VIEW

04/03/08
City of Silk featured in Emirates' Portfolio Magazine VIEW

01/03/08
Architecture is the New Diplomacy VIEW

29/02/08
From Belfast to Kuwait comes the City of Silk VIEW

29/02/08
Camp David at Lake Borobay VIEW

22/02/08
World press reacts to City of Silk and 1001-Metre High Tower VIEW

14/01/08
 
Malaysian Business magazine on Mid Valley Gardens
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Malaysian Business Housing & Property December 1st 2007

A working, living and shopping splendour by Cheah Chor Sooi

Located at the fringe of Kuala Lumpur’s city centre, Mid Valley City is on the verge of completing Phase Two of it’s development master plan with delivery of The Gardens.

The Mid Valley City enclave has evolved into a complete site for working, living and shopping with the launch of two landmark office towers - The Gardens North and South Towers. Anchored by The Gardens Galleria, a high-end shopping gallery, each of the two 32-storey towers offers 500,000 sq ft of gross lettable area - by far one of the largest spaces offered by any office building in the country.

By blending art, architecture, gardens and culture, these towers are intended to be hallmarks of a new architecture for a new century. More than just meeting place for Klang Valley, they will be centrepieces and symbols of the robust vitality of Malaysia’s cosmopolitan and multi-cultural society.

The launch of these two new office towers has propelled property developer IGB Corporation Bhd into the largest owner and manager of commercial properties in Malaysia. ‘This additional one million sq feet of space will boost IGB’s total office portfolio to over four million sq feet making it Malaysia’s largest property owner and manager of commercial properties,’ Anthony P. Barragry, Executive Director of Mid Valley City Developments Sdn Bhd, tells Malaysian Business.

And the prospect of hitting the jackpot couldn’t be brighter given there has been an increasing demand for prime office space in the heart of the Federal capital.

‘This is our first Grade A building. Come 2008, IGB will be the only developer to offer two Grade A buildings in the market,’ says Barragry. ‘There are currently some new offices under construction, mostly in the Petaling Jaya district, but these are not Grade A office buildings and completion is only due by 2009/2010.’

In the commercial office sector, IGB has made its mark developing and managing high-occupancy landmark properties in Kuala Lumpur such as Menara IGB, Centrepoint North & South, Boulevard Offices, Northpoint, Menara Tan & Tan, Ampwalk and Plaza Permata.

Inspiration

The Gardens’ drew inspiration from Malaysia’s rich heritage of arts, crafts, ceremonial dress, flora and myths. The architecture and civic art of The Gardens North and South Towers will be anchored firmly in the ethos of Malaysia. By blending art, architecture, gardens and cultures, these towers are poised to become hallmarks of a new architecture for a new century.

Due for completion by June 2008, the North Tower commands the north of The Gardens. Inspired by Malaysia’s splendid legacy of woven crafts, its grand lobby will offer some of the finest meeting spaces in Kuala Lumpur, lavishing guests, tenants and clients with unprecedented comfort and gracious hospitality.

Standing at the south of The Gardens, the South Tower is inspired by Malaysia’s rich timber forest. Its magnificent lobby will provide 21st century chambers of commerce to celebrate the robust vitality of doing business in Kuala Lumpur. Expected to be ready by end-2007, one of the anchor tenants in the South Towers will be IGB - the owner - who will relocate its head office to occupy five floors of the tower. Other potential tenants include multinationals and various large and medium-sized corporations.

The towers’ office floor plans are the largest and most efficient for a Grade A building in the region. Boasting an impressive 12.5-metre core to glass and a density as high as one person per 100 square feet, their unique triangular-shaped floor plans also mean that they are able to offer the highest percentage of views of any office building in the region.

History

In the mid-1990s, IGB conceived and undertook to develop a 20-hectare site along the Klang River as a one-stop destination for shopping, dining, business and leisure on the fringe of the city. Starting first with the opening of Megamall in 1999, Mid Valley City has since been enhanced by the addition of Cititel (hotel), Boulevard Hotel, Boulevard Offices, Menara IGB, Nortpoint, and Centrepoint North & South.

The master plan for Phase One of Mid Valley City’s development was conceptualised by Arkitek Jururancang (M) Sdn Bhd. On a larger picture, the four-phase development of the 20-ha site is the undertaking of IGB in collaboration with Mid Valley City’s nonequity joint venture partner, Kuala Lumpur City Hall.

‘The Mid Valley City project took off in 1995 from what used to be an urban waste land with pockets of squatters. Its transformation into a vibrant modern city within a city attests how developing countries can utilise their land assets to regenerate wealth and prosperity,’ rationalises Barragry, an architect by training, who was involved in the development of the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) and Dayabumi projects in the early and mid-1980s.

Served by one light rail transit (Abdullah Hukum Kelana Jaya Line station), two railway lines (Mid Valley KTM Komuter station) and five regional road systems, Mid Valley City is today a major nodal point in Kuala Lumpur’s urban framework - drawing over 30 million visitors annually.

As the next phase of Mid Valley City, The Gardens will contribute another six million sq ft of mixed-use development with a gross development value of RM2 billion. Plazas, podiums, gardens and terraces will be assembled to create an unusual composition of forms and uses in one place, offering over 200 exclusive lifestyle shops, 28 restaurants and cafˇs, two luxury office towers (The Gardens North and South Towers), a five-star hotel (440-room The Gardens Hotel) and an all-suite hotel (207-suite The Gardens Residences).

The Gardens Residences was targeted for completion in the first quarter of 2008 and The Gardens Hotel would be open by the end of next year.

‘The Gardens’ basic concept was conceived in 2001 as a 21st century work environinent by leveraging on architecture to empower the worlforce and in wealth creation,’ explains Barragry.

Upon full completion, Mid Valley City - on a daily basis - is poised to be a captive area for 50,000 workers and residents, and some 100,000 shoppers - living up to its primary objective of selfsustaining and vibrant locale to work, live and shop.

In the words of Eric R. Kuhne, a world renowned architect who is the concept designer for The Gardens, what distinguishes The Gardens is the intricate balance of retail, leisure and cultural authenticity combined with the hospitality of the hotel industry to create a new concept for guests. ‘Gardens, restaurants, entertainment, galleries, meeting rooms, exhibition space, offices, hotels and apartments are all completely integrated into a seamless experience,’ envisages Kuhne.

Future

So what does the future hold for Mid Valley City with the latest spate of development? Barragry, for one, is confident that the The Gardens North and South office towers are capable of fetching a premium-leasing rate in excess of RM5 per sq ft.

‘The take-up rate of office units in central KL is running at 95%, KL Sentral vicinity at above 85% while the Bangsar and Damansara districts are enjoying 80% to 90%,’ says Barragry. ‘Enquiries have started to pour in and we’re bullish after our initial discussions with leading companies.’

With the completion of the North and South Towers, there is still a "final piece" left the Mid Valley City. At the southern tip of Mid Valley City is the last undeveloped plot of 0.8-ha on Parcel Three that has been planned for a mixed development. Boasting 1.7 million sq ft of space, it will comprise 400 upmarket residences in two-tower blocks and a high-end retail component.

Barragry expects construction to kick off in the first quarter Of 2008 with the project due for completion in two-and-a-half years.


13/12/07
Island Gardens web site launches with new images VIEW

04/12/07
Silk City sketches get final approval VIEW

26/11/07
Perspective magazine case studies Titanic Signature Project VIEW

25/11/07
Kuwait Burj-beater plans get green light VIEW

08/10/07
Birmingham press herald V Tower a landmark VIEW

03/10/07
Mid Valley Gardens opens in Kuala Lumpur VIEW

03/10/07
The Edge 24/09/07 Mid Valley Gardens: Breathing life into public spaces VIEW

28/09/07
Future of NI ports to be resolved in months VIEW

26/09/07
Mid-Valley Gardens scheme nears completion VIEW

15/08/07
Belfast’s Titanic Quarter on BBC ONE NI in Building Britain VIEW

15/08/07
Titanic Quarter hope big lottery deal floats: The Irish Times 16/07/07 VIEW

15/08/07
TQ magazine interviews Eric Kuhne about the Titanic Signature Project VIEW

09/07/07
Mid Valley Gardens progress: Office Towers take shape VIEW

25/06/07
Financial Times - Birmingham skyscraper plans rise again VIEW

19/06/07
The Birmingham Post - V Building plans submitted VIEW

17/06/07
AJ: Eric Kuhne reveals Titantic visitor centre in Belfast VIEW

06/06/07
DETI - Executive Backs Lottery Application For Titanic Project VIEW

24/04/07
Building For Life March 2007: The V Building VIEW

24/04/07
Lake Borovoye in The Independent MORE

16/04/07
V Building - Jersy Evening post article 27/03/07 VIEW

26/03/07
Birmingham looks up: The Times on the V Building VIEW

21/03/07
Civic Life Pageantry called for at Mixed-Use Conference 2006 VIEW

20/03/07
Building magazine: Kuhne's Arena Central tower unveiled at MIPIM MORE

20/03/07
New Statesman on Bluewater and the V&A's new architecture gallery VIEW

20/03/07
AJ: Kuhne unveils 50-storey tower for Birmingham VIEW

20/03/07
LunchoverIP: City of Silk at TED2007 MORE

20/03/07
V Tower in Sunday Times article on skyscraper spree VIEW

16/03/07
City of Silk (Madinat al Hareer) presentation receives standing ovation at TEDTalks 2007 VIEW

15/03/07
Birmingham Post reports on Brum’s V for victory VIEW

15/03/07
BBC news site reports on Arena Square’s V Tower VIEW

07/03/07
Estates Gazette profiles Eric Kuhne, March 2007 VIEW

05/03/07
D'Luxe magazine features Island Gardens, March 2006 VIEW

07/02/07
Photos from the Titanic Quarter launch event, 18th Jan 07 VIEW

06/02/07
Times article on Titanic Quarter, 2 Feb 2007 VIEW

27/11/06
The Mall of Kuwait is launched at Mapic VIEW

27/11/06
Mid Valley Gardens progress. Works through months October and November 2006 VIEW

16/08/06
Mid Valley Gardens progress VIEW

14/07/06
Telegraph article on development in Dubai, 6 May 2006 VIEW

10/07/06
Press announces Birmingam Tower VIEW

18/04/06
Madinat Al Hareer - Al Anbaa, Al Watan, Al Seyassah press clippings VIEW

18/04/06
Madinat Al Hareer - AJ, New Scientist, New York Times press clippings VIEW

31/03/06
Kuwait press announce plans for Madinat Al Hareer (City of Silk) VIEW

13/03/06
Titanic Quarter Belfast presentation fly-through video and masterplan VIEW

12/10/05
Titanic Quarter Belfast launched by Harcourt and Harbour Commission VIEW

12/10/05
Shangri-La announced at Island Gardens, Miami VIEW

29/09/05
Mid Valley Gardens flythrough, panorama and excavation works: August and September VIEW

09/09/05
Mid Valley Gardens progress. Excavation works through months July and August VIEW

16/08/05
Mall of Kuwait launched by the Tamdeen Shopping Centre Development Co, Kuwait VIEW

02/08/05
Photos of Darling Harbour packed with luxury yachts for the Sydney International Boat Show VIEW

01/08/05
The Sydney Morning Herald on a packed Sydney International Boat Show, Darling Harbour VIEW

28/06/05
Jersey's new Castle Quay waterfront announced at St Helier's Opera House VIEW

27/06/05
Mid Valley Gardens progress. Excavation works through months May and June VIEW

20/04/05
Mid Valley Gardens by IGB Corp. excavates 4-basements for major expansion VIEW

22/04/05
Updated photos of BurJuman in Dubai VIEW

07/01/05
Bur Juman In Vogue article VIEW

13/04/05
St Helier Waterfront Plans by Dandara revealed at Opera House VIEW

18/04/05
Intricate Leisure & Retail Destination planned for Kuwait City by Tamdeen VIEW

16/07/04
Latest construction photos of BurJuman Gardens in Dubai, set for late 2004 opening VIEW

02/09/04
Stage 2 of Mid Valley Gardens in Kuala Lumpur commences construction this September

02/09/04
Bluewater comes to the National Portrait Gallery in the exhibition - A Blueprint VIEW

27/09/04
Bluewater comes to the Victoria and Albert Museum's new Architectural Gallery VIEW

01/10/04
Updated photos of BurJuman in Dubai, Now Open VIEW

29/09/04
The identity of the puzzling New campaign is revealed today as the BurJuman shopping centre MORE

30/09/04
Advertising Campaign for the opening of Burjuman in Dubai VIEW

 
 

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