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Crafting Community Spaces: How Placemaking Shapes Our Shared Experiences

In the heart of Kuala Lumpur, a transformation is unfolding. It's not just about erecting award winning mega structures; it's about creating vibrant hubs where people can connect and thrive. As an interior architect, I have had the privilege to contribute to this metamorphosis by designing commercial common areas or public spaces that serve as extensions of our personal living spaces.

What are these commercial common areas? They're generally public spaces or the common areas that one might find within a condo project or a public commercial project. They could be wellness centers, schools, offices, libraries or the inviting lobbies like those at Sunway Velocity two which we designed, that welcome us into a building. This includes not just the lobbies but cozy facilities spots such as reading rooms, yoga rooms or kids' hangout zones – each meticulously crafted for interaction and engagement.

The magic ingredient in these projects is placemaking. This design philosophy extends beyond mere aesthetics; it’s a holistic approach that fosters strong community ties through thoughtful spatial design. In our reading rooms, adults find solace in tranquil corners while children delve into stories amidst vibrant hues and tactile materials. These aren't simply isolated sections but interactive zones designed with intentionality to cater to different age groups while promoting social synergy.

Our playrooms double as safe havens for mothers and toddlers - places where laughter fills the air, friendships bloom, and parents exchange knowing glances over their children's antics. These spaces become microcosms of society itself – diverse yet united by shared experiences.

When crafting these areas for condos or other residential developments, we recognize they are more than amenities; they are communal living rooms where residents gather with friends old and new. Thus every sofa chosen, every lamp placed is done so with durability in mind - balancing beauty with resilience since many will seek comfort within these walls.

Sustainability also plays a pivotal role in our designs based on environmental social governance (ESG) principles. For sustainability we select materials not only for their aesthetic appeal but also for their low environmental impact – ensuring longevity both in style and substance. Low energy design, maximized cross ventilation are also included.

As designers dedicated to enhancing public spaces through placemaking strategies rooted in sustainability practices - we don’t just shape environments; we craft communities poised to flourish well into the future.

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