Iskandar Landmark Wins Best Universal Design Development Award for The Astaka @ One Bukit Senyum
An impressively upmarket Iskandar development where class, crafted comfort and luxury combined with convenience, The Astaka @ One Bukit Senyum exemplifies a design philosophy that envelopes all lifestyles and is inviting to all types of residents.
By Nadia Willan
Making a grand statement, in a highly strategic setting, the Johor Bahru project’s two 65- and 70-storey grand towers look out across the southern Malay causeway to Singapore, with impressive sea views.
Winning the category of Universal Design Development at the 6th annual PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards (Malaysia) in April 2019, renowned developers Astaka Padu Sdn Bhd are set on creating the tallest residential properties in Southeast Asia; collaborating on the landmark project with the highly-reputed talents of GDP Architects and GDP Interiors for the architectural and interior design, along with landscaping by Punt Garden.
Discerning style and sophisticated design are underpinned with practicality, functionality and resident-friendly features. This opens doors to multi-generational living and caters to specific needs of residents with disabilities. Ramps and handrails allow for greater maneuverability for wheelchair users, with textured surfaces to ensure greater grip in bathrooms and in outdoor areas such as the pool deck.
A unique feature of the development is a pre-programmed access card which takes residents to their homes via two superfast elevators reaching each floor and just four units per level. Not only does this afford privacy, it adds an extra layer of protection to homes as well as to families who want to safeguard against their children easily accessing communal spaces and wandering around unattended. Another universal-design feature incorporated into the elevators impressed the judges too.
“As the new landmark in Johor Bahru, the developers of The Astaka @ One Bukit Senyum have made sure that the building is compliance with Uniform Building By-Laws of Malaysia and the Malaysian Standard Code of Practice on Access for Disabled Persons (MS) issued by the Standards and Industrial Research Institute of Malaysia, with essential features such as a voice-over floor level indicator assisting the visually impaired.”
The units go up to a spacious 2,659 square feet, with duplex penthouse properties up to 5,408 sq ft. A well-designed layout adds to this experience of movability and space, with the 3.6-metre ceilings and panoramic sea views for every unit boosting this feeling. Universal design principles blend into convenient aspects of the project such as a private tunnel taking resident straight to the lobby.
Every detail of design is curated with residents’ needs in mind such as the adult swimming pools being separated from yet side-by-side the childrens’ pools in order to maintain visual contact for watchful grown-ups. All bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms and walk-in wardrobes, with premium fixtures and fittings and air-conditioning systems to suit individual rooms.
A private concierge service boosts the hotel-standard experience for residents, while lifestyles are enhanced with amazing facilities from sky gardens to a spa, sauna and steam room as well as reflexology. A Zen garden continues the theme of relaxation and wellbeing. Childcare facilities and a business hub extend to every aspect of life, whilst The Astaka @ One Bukit Senyum is set to blossom as part of a development that includes boutique office towers, retail outlets and serviced apartments.