Although billed as Scandinavian in style, LBS Bina Group Bhd’s latest phase of ‘Nautilus’ superlink houses does not seem to offer what most would consider as specifically Scandinavian architecture. Besides a Modernist-like cubic form that is pretty fashionable among most local developers today, anyway, there is no preponderance of pine or high-tech prefabricated parts.
It’s good that it doesn’t, actually. These homes are not set within the Scandinavian peninsular of harsh winters and high wind, after all, but the tropical lowlands of Puchong, some kilometres down from the LDP. Its exact location is on a landmass surrounded by ex-tin mining pools that is being ambitiously transformed by developer LBS Bina into the mini township christened D’Island.
Nautilus’ design in fact makes sense in the tropical climate. A central atrium runs along its three storeys, thus providing ventilation and openness. It also provides a sense of grandeur. Like Blake Carrington, you can look down upon your guests from the upper floors’ balustrades if you so wish.
In a rather Asian way, as well, Nautilus homes may easily house the elderly generation of an extended family, with a lift that runs the height of the house. It helps that that each home offers an abundance of space.
Plot sizes are generous with 95 units sized at 24′x100′, and 20 units measuring up at 24′ x 80′. These yield built-up areas which range from 4,246 to 4,791 sq ft. Prices, meanwhile, range from RM1.81 to RM1.91 million (approximately RM400 to RM425 per sq ft).
Within each home are five bedrooms, all with attached bathrooms. Three have the proportions of master bedrooms, with own balconies, and enough space to fit in walk-in wardrobes. Also included is a maid’s room with bathroom, and a powder room, cleverly tucked in beneath the ground floor staircase.
The first floor master bedroom’s balcony, in particular, is large enough to fit a dining set, garden or jacuzzi. Mirroring the indoor atrium’s vertical integration, this balcony may be looked upon by the second floor’s balcony, which in fact projects out like a cantilever encased by glass balustrades.
Like Northern European homes, this time, Nautilus shows consciousness for sustainability with provisions for solar panels, rainwater harvesting and energy efficient LED street lighting.
Nautilus’ recent launch saw visitor Kelvin Kew, admiring the show home, together with his wife and lovely brood of three daughters. “Yes I’d like to buy one unit as I like the design,” says Kew who had previously bought two of D’Island’s Phase 1 and Phase 2 houses. “It’s even more modern and the lift is a good idea, but I have to see whether my banker can lend me more money!”
D’Island is indeed slowly coming together as the township dreamed up by developers LBS Bina. The houses that make up its Apicalia first phase are taking shape while a dandelion-shaped water fountain is already splashing around on the roundabout outside. Over on the lakeside esplanade meanwhile, sculptures read on the lawn beside two special playground sets imported from Germany.
“This environment, where you see 175 acres on a 1,000 acre lake, I’ve never seen in Malaysia before,” adds Kew, who currently lives in Laman Granview, Saujana Puchong. “When we first came here, we felt like we were on a small island, surrounded by water.”
Indeed, even if D’Island doesn’t take you immediately to the Nordic highlands, it does bring you to someplace you never thought you’d be, in Puchong, and LBS Bina’s fantastic dream is slowly becoming a reality.
Source by: The Sun Daily