"Underground car parking isn't a typical feature of Malaysian apartment complexes, but once we were able to convince the client that this was an appropriate route to travel, we freed up space for pools and green areas and avoided spoiling the views with an unsightly carpark. As a result, 42% of the entire site is given over to green areas," explains the architect.
"Since completion, Kuala Lumpur's design and planning guidelines have changed, meaning Stonor Park is likely to be the little brother to buildings in the block. However, the building location literally across the road from the KLCC Park guarantees that views can't be built out."
The two 20-level towers, which contain 71 units, occupy a site on the corner of Jalan Stonor and Persiaran KLCC just a stone's throw from the entertainment options of Suria KLCC, the city's business centre, and the leisure opportunities of KLCC Park.
Despite being relatively low, the two towers are highly visible, so a design that would make a positive architectural contribution was essential. Working with Beneton, a development company with its own architectural heritage, provided the necessary design flexibility, says Ling.
"The twin structures are undeniably modern, with horizontal and vertical lines and the play of shadow. It's the merging of the planes that creates an interesting building. This is not the conventional square block with punch hole windows that was typical of earlier KL apartments," he says.
Stonor Park's contemporary modern architecture is represented not just by the multi-layering of planes, but also by the interplay of solid and void.