New KL hotel boasts Shariah-compliance

World June 05, 2018 14:03

By The Nation

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Scheduled to open at Kuala Lumpur International Airport next month, the brand new Movenpick Hotel & Convention Centre KLIA offers domestic and international guests a spectacular new destination property.

Designed by Amir Hamzah, senior associate at Malaysia’s HIJJAS Architects + Planners and his team, the landmark development will feature a distinctive architectural style, reflecting Malaysia’s rich cultural heritage and the hotel’s status as a Shariah-compliant property.

HIJJAS Architects + Planners has worked on some of Malaysia’s most eye-catching architectural projects, including Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC), Putrajaya Masterplan, Shell Tower in Kuala Lumpur and the Telekom Malaysia Headquarters. It was also responsible for the Malaysian Pavilion at the 2015 World Expo in Italy.

Located just a few minutes from the airport, within easy reach of the Sepang International Circuit and Malaysia's administrative capital Putrajaya, the project recently won the “Best New Hotel Construction and Design” accolade at the Asia Pacific Property Awards’ Malaysian edition.

“The hotel is an integrated facility designed to the highest possible standards,” commented Hamzah, whose impressive credentials in the field of Islamic architecture include the design concept for the extension of the Al Haram Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia.

“The development is a harmonious fusion of Malaysia’s modern vision and its rich and colourful local culture. It blends soft building forms and multi-layered green landscapes to create an oasis that will be well remembered by guests,” he added.

The exterior of the hotel features intricate patterns influenced by Islamic geometric art and Kufic script – the earliest style of Islamic calligraphy that was used to record the Koran. These designs also extend to the banquet hall’s ceilings, creating a dramatic three-dimensional effect.

A series of interior columns reflect some of ancient Islam’s greatest architectural wonders, such as the Alhambra in Spain, while the hotel’s distinctive “lancet” archways pay homage to the style widely used in buildings across the Muslim world, including Turkey and Iran.

The hotel is set in 7.2 hectares of landscaped gardens featuring greenery, reflective pools and streams. The design scheme carries this bright, tropical ambience inside the hotel, exuding a sense of space and light. This is especially notable in atrium, with its dramatic nine-storey high open space and glass elevators.

Guests will also be able to access the Convention Centre directly from the hotel, providing a seamless experience for conference delegates and hajj pilgrims. Housing a vast 1,500-guest banqueting hall, pre-function area, exhibition hall, 10 seminar rooms, VIP lounges and other facilities, the conference centre will serve as the departure hall for Malaysia’s hajj operations and as a major host venue for international exhibitions and conferences.

The property will feature a total of 333 rooms, including luxurious suites with up to two bedrooms, plus an executive lounge and six dining outlets. Separate leisure facilities will be offered for male and female guests, including swimming pools, fitness centres and spa facilities. The hotel will also feature four modern meeting rooms, two boardrooms, a children’s pool, playground and tennis court.