In the exclusive Country Heights Damansara enclave in Kuala Lumpur, the ultra-luxury Carré d’Art residence is in a league all of its own
In Nimes, France, Foster + Partners’ singular Carré D’Art houses a museum of contemporary art and the city’s library, and is constructed of glass, concrete and steel. A strikingly modern building, it provided the inspiration for Sterboul, a new boutique developer creating high-end residences in Malaysia, in designing an ultra-luxury residence in the stately gated community of Country Heights Damansara in Kuala Lumpur.
Naming it after its inspiration, Malaysia’s own Carré d’Art is situated among rolling grounds of natural greenery and offering limitless views from virtually every corner. It claims among its residents one of the country’s wealthiest businessmen, according to the Forbes Top 25 ranking for the country. Carré d’Art (which literally translates as ‘square of art’) boasts 20,000 sq-ft of living space, and includes seven bedrooms, eight bathrooms, two dining/living areas, a cinema, gym, billiards room and a 2,500 sq-ft roof-top entertainment deck replete with a 67ft infinity pool.
As at the original Carré d’Art in Nîmes, the exterior of the home is all clean and modern lines. Upon entry, a soaring spiral staircase creates a dramatic centrepiece, accented by a cascade of optical filaments of light. Glancing past the staircase reveals vast expanses of open space, artfully wrapped by floor-to-ceiling windows, a highly-styled dining area — and a koi fishpond.
The contemporary European ambience of Carré d’Art stems from its French and British design and architecture team, who somehow manage to create a remarkably intimate home which belies the fact that inside, there is nearly half an acre of interior space designed in an open layout. Dominated by high ceilings, bedrooms and living areas still manage to be comfortable, warm and inviting