The Oculus, Kinarut Waterfront Resort - Particular Architects

The Oculus, Kinarut Waterfront Resort

The Oculus, Kinarut Waterfront Resort

Status:
Feasibility

Construction Budget:
Approxmately RM$180m

Client:
WSG Group Sdn Bhd

Location:
Shire of Kinarut, Kota Kinabalu

Program:
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.

View from the water
View from the water
Breaking the briefed area down into smaller blocks
Breaking the briefed area down into smaller blocks
Clustering the blocks around an activity centre
Clustering the blocks around an activity centre
Falling the building mass to the water edge
Falling the building mass to the water edge
Introducing porosity and amenity
Introducing porosity and amenity
Activity lagoon & elevated boardwalk
Activity lagoon & elevated boardwalk
Ground Level & Site Masterplan
Ground Level & Site Masterplan
Level 2 axonometric sketch
Level 2 axonometric sketch
Level 6 axonometric sketch
Level 6 axonometric sketch
Level 6 Plan
Level 6 Plan
Cross Section through hotel tower & condominium block
Cross Section through hotel tower & condominium block