The Oculus, Kinarut Waterfront Resort
WSG Group Sdn Bhd
Shire of Kinarut, Kota Kinabalu
300 Room Resort, 240 Suite Condominium
Paying homage to the traditional water villages along the coast line in Kota Kinabalu Malaysia, The Peaks has been conceived as a clustering of small to medium scale volumes - a hotel tower, two apartment blocks, a multi-storey carpark and a retail podium - aggregated around a private man-made lagoon. This petal-like configuration breaks down & negotiates the 65,000m2 mass imposed on the site, allowing a high level of porosity and vistas through the development, connecting the street with the open sea beyond. The wedge-like 'in-between' garden spaces provide relief between buildings and create an inviting & engaging arrival experience. The terraced forms to the water add drama, creating an arena-like atmosphere, absorbing the uninterrupted views from and to the nearby islands.
Designed as an eco resort, the development employs multiple environmentally responsive initiatives. Low-tech, first principle approaches have been proposed- mixed mode air conditioning to all suites/units, natural ventilation to circulation areas assisted by thermal chimneys/stacks, deep overhangs which provide passive shading, green roofs which assist in maintaining thermal stability.