For Sale, 15,000,000 MYR (~ 3,348,588 USD)
Bukit Ledang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Property Type : House
Property Style : N/A
Build Size : 11,200 ft² / 1,041 m²
Land Size : 20,000 ft² / 1,858 m² Convert Land Size
Bedroom : 6
Bathroom : 6
Half Bathroom : N/A
- One guest pavilion with ensuite bathroom and private deck
- One studio pavilion with ensuite bathroom and private deck
- One meditation / reading and entertainment pavilion with unique architectural features, built over swimming pool
- Four bedrooms, with ensuite bathrooms (six bedrooms, if one includes the two Pavilions with ensuite bathrooms)
- Dry and Wet kitchens
- Laundry room
- Maids’ room
- Seven bathrooms
- In-ground swimming pool incorporating a 21-metre lap pool section and infinity edge
- Indoor reflection pool
- Live pond
- A special balcony on the internal perimeter of the roof with expansive views of
- Neighbourhood and beyond, including views of the KL Twin Towers
Designed by one of Malaysia’s foremost architects, Mr Jimmy CS Lim, renowned for his award-winning tropical house designs, Sri Ananda at Bukit Ledang is a residence like no other. The landscape architect is Mr Ng Sek San, principal of Seksan Design, formerly of Belt Collins Landscape Architects where he was involved in many award-winning resort projects, notably for the Shangri-La Hotel group.
The brief for architect Jimmy Lim of CSL Associates was to build a tropical house where the visual boundary between the outside and the inside may sometimes disappear. Although the bedrooms, study and two of the three pavilions are airconditioned to provide thermal comfort in the sleeping and study areas, the living, dining and other areas retain a significant degree of openness, and is designed to funnel natural ventilation with updraughts of cooling air over water.
Sri Ananda is a residence made up of a series of pavilions built around a particularly-designed “T-shaped” pool. It has not just one but several distinctive and startlingly lovely and novel architectural features. It’s style is “contemporary vernacular” but mostly it is unique.
The entry to the house begins with a gallery, a spacious corridor which gives a person a clear sense of arrival. At the end of the entry gallery, one beholds and steps down into the hall, a spacious triple-storey-high vaulted room incorporating the living, dining and entertainment area, and framed by the length of two sides by water – a cascading reflecting pool on one side and a serene lotus-leaved live pond on the other. These two water features on the far side and across the hall are separated by a floor-level bridge.
The catwalk forms an internal timber balcony three storeys high ringing three sides of the entertainment hall. Canvas fabric windows open up to a great view of the distant hills and the Twin Towers of Kuala Lumpur. A seating bench runs along an entire side of the catwalk, looking out to a great vista, and ideal for a quiet, contemplative read or an inspiring height from which to work with your laptop.
The outdoor swimming pool comes into the living and dining hall by way of an infinity edge cascading about five feet into the reflection pool. The swimming pool has a lap length of 21 metres, and another square section that is the thick “stem” of the letter T. The most unusual feature of the pool however is that it proceeds right into and underneath a pavilion on the far end which sits astride it about one metre above the water surface.
Three pavilions cluster round the pool. The first is the guest pavilion, with its private deck looking into a private garden, and ensuite bathroom. Looking out from the guest pavilion, which is on elevated ground relative to the neighbour’s compound below, one can see the hill slope on which is located Sri Perdana, the prime minister’s official residence. The second pavilion is the studio pavilion, designed to allow for either a pottery, painting or photography studio. Or it may be used more prosaically as another bedroom suite, private study or guest pavilion. It has an ensuite bathroom, and opens out to a private timber deck and a great view of the distant hill on which Parliament House is located across from Jalan Duta below. The third pavilion is a unique architectural gem and its description will be saved for last.
The bedrooms complex is a secure block comprising the masterbedroom and three other bedrooms, all with ensuite bathrooms. The masterbedroom has an area of 720 sq ft, including the jacuzzi-equipped bathroom, lounge area and private balcony. French windows from the private lounge area open into the living and entertainment hall below. The masterbedroom is linked to the study and other bedrooms by a corridor which is an internal balcony looking down into the triple-volume living and entertainment hall and the live lotus pond below.
The meditation pavilion however is the architectural pi`ece de r’esistance of Sri Ananda. It is built astride one section of the swimming pool one metre above the surface of the water. It’s floor is a construction of timbered joists and tempered glass, in effect transparent to the water. The walls of this pavilion are timbered mullions (angled struts) spaced two feet apart from the floor to the roof. The roof is Jimmy Lim’s signature umbrella roof with timbered ribs radiating from the apex, linked to the mullions, and attached to the joists that form the framework for the floor. One may literally swim into the pavilion and climb onto the floor! The cooling microclimate created by having a transparent floor suspended over a body of water dispenses with the need to aircondition this unique tropical pavilion, the likes of which have never been seen or built before in Malaysia.