Friday, June 27, 2008

Rebranding Lot 10

Today met up with Kar Hsin for a movie. While on the way to Pavilion, I stopped by at Lot 10 as there was an small event that caught my attention.

The Existing Lot 10 shopping mall

The Managing Director of YTL Corp, Tan Sri Francis Yeoh was there to launch a rebranding of the mall. In his speech, he explained about how KL is going to become a world class city and compare to cities nearby such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau and even Jakarta, much still need to catch up in our KL.

Tan Sri Francis Yeoh

Anybody knows how Bintang Walk came about? According the him, the origin idea of the walkway is to linked up Starhill and Lot 10. And what happened at today, the street has become one of the tourist spot in KL and also a happening area in the Golden Triangle.

Map of Bukit Bintang area
After 18 years of standing at the junction of Jalan Bukit Bintang and Jalan Sultan Ismail, Lot 10 is going to have a facelift and its new look will be completed by the end of 2008. After his speech, there was a short presentation to the guests on how Lot 10 will look like after the refurbishment. I was kinda impressed by the whole idea of renovation and the concept of green in the city.
Part of Bintang Walk

The façade would still be in green but replaced with a special wall that glows at night. The entrance will be turned in a double volume space and at the side of the mall there will be a space for digital media such as advertisement, announcements or any other display to be view from the street of Bukit Bintang.

Bukit Bintang
There will be an electronic media canopy in an organic form at the entrance that will shows colourful display. Many of these ideas were actually referred from cities such as Singapore and Tokyo.
Ginza district, Tokyo

Also, Lot 10 will have a green roof at the top and I suppose it is the first in Malaysia. There will be gymnasiums, signature bars and dining restaurant. Creating green spaces in the city is the idea of this concept. Public can take a walk or enjoy a view at a different standpoint on the rooftop. All these that are proposed convinced me that, well...KL is not bad after all. It just need some time.
Example of green roof
I can’t wait to check out the new Lot 10 in December. ;)

*All photos above are from Google Images

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