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Precious Gem

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A home that embodies the idea of fine family living cocooned by nature

www.gamudaland.com.my/jadehills

A gated residential. A contemporary home amidst natural settings. Think themed-gardens with lakes. Think lush greenery. Think an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. This is the peaceful address called The Lakes Mansions in Jade Hills, Kajang.

According to architect Michael Ching from CH & I Architecture, Gamuda Land’s brief was for huge modern bungalows with emphasis on a balanced lifestyle. And that includes outdoor activities. Michael says the homes here were designed based on the tagline: “Architecture is not about spaces; it is about creating spatial experiences. Living is not about houses; it is about creating homes.”

First, to start off with a welcoming embrace upon returning home, a forecourt introduces itself as a spatial transition from the car porch to the foyer. This was designed to help calm the mood of residents returning home. Of course, the cruise through well-landscaped surroundings heading towards your safe haven puts you in the right frame of mind too.

Then inside, the design of the mansion is as such that all spaces are composed to maximise natural lighting and air circulation. The boundaries between the external and internal spaces have been deliberately blurred. A fine example of this is the living room: here, the double-frontage serves to seamlessly connect the outdoors with the home, while the double-volume ceiling significantly amplifies the space within. The show unit features a great idea to bring the outside in, where a section of the living room wall is adorned with a large mirror. This design element reflects the greens outside, upping the illusion of space.

In the open kitchen and dining area, sliding doors on perpendicular walls give immediate and easy access to the garden, not to mention the full view of the lake. Plus, there are windows in every bedroom all to reaffirm the idea of living in harmony with the greenscape environs.

On the ground floor sits the living room, wet and dry kitchens, utility, laundry and two bedrooms. Upstairs, there is a family area with four other bedrooms including the master bedroom and bath.

To complement the dreamy backdrop, the interior of this unit features a fine blend of the modern and the traditional. Materials and colours play very important roles. The use of wood from furniture to flooring and even as decorative elements gives the home a relaxing vibe apart from championing the idea of nature within the home. Some rough glamour can also be found in functional rattan pieces that have been well laid out around the residence.

As a nod to the vintage trend, black and white colour themes run throughout the spaces of the home, perhaps harking back to an era where lives were simpler and hearts more carefree. Of course, these non-shades are featured in various combinations and forms for greater depth and dimension. The fashionable use of grey is also evident, for a stylistic touch. This does not mean the home is starved of colours and happiness; it only means that the beauty of nature is allowed to shine, even within the home.

Completing the green element, green features such as a rainwater harvesting system, solar hot water system and cool roof have been added to the home. So you know that you are living in harmony with Mother Earth.



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