An enchanted urban forest and green oasis with five acres of elevated parkland, The ERA @ Duta North, a 14.8-acre mixed-use development by JKG Land Berhad developers, is the dawn of a new way of living in Malaysia.
Written by Nadia Willan
Quality of life, lifestyles inspired by nature, and the wellbeing of residents living in urban spaces comprise the new luxury, and this project creates a world of natural wonder within the upmarket neighbourhood of Mont’ Kiara, less than 10km from the metropolis of Kuala Lumpur.
The lush environment and inspired, imaginative landscaping set the scene for an extraordinary development with service apartment towers, a retail podium, and pedestrianised shopping street. Winning Best Landscape Architectural Design at the 6th annual PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards (Malaysia) in April 2019, JKG Land Berhad rightly expects The ERA @ Duta North to become a landmark development. Architectural and interior design collaborators are NRY Architects and X Dimension, respectively. Meanwhile, the ecologically focused landscaping is being nurtured, thanks to the talents of Praxcis Design.
Phase 1 is underway to complete 921 of the total 2,913 freehold units set in six towers, designed to reflect the spacious beauty of the outdoors. The three-storey Fiesta Walk retail component is designed with trees, greenery and al fresco dining, whilst the 800-metre shopping street is an attractive buffer between the towers and main road. For residents, a landscaped podium deck aims to create a relaxing resort atmosphere. The overall effect is impressive, as noted by the award judges.
“The unique, time-inspired gardens of The ERA @ Duta North are just some of the highlights of the development, which has been envisioned to become an urban forest resort. The cascading green wall flowing down to the Retail Boulevard at street level is a winner.”
With a wetlands sanctuary on the ground floor, the eighth-floor Forest Village and facilities follow an intuitive and well-designed layout covering three themes, ‘Dawn’, ‘Noon’, and ‘Eve’, reflecting the changing pursuits and moods of the day. Highlights include a 100-metre pool and open-air ripple spa with starlight ceiling; pavilions with hammocks and hanging plants; a treehouse with a flying fox zipline; a water maze; a gym with glass walls looking out to greenery; a moat pavilion; an aviary of secluded nest seats; koi ponds; jogging trails; and exquisite gardens. Up to the rooftops, each tower embraces the night sky with a Moon Deck where residents can chill out, socialise and dine.
Within the urban forest landscape, mature trees and over 200 species of flora cover the deck. These are to provide shade, pleasant surrounds and a tranquil environment, attracting birdlife to this residential forest retreat too. The forests and gardens are themed according to what is grown in each area, adding a sense of movement.
The landscaping at The ERA @ Duta North invites residents to step away from the hustle and bustle of city life into a timeless green space, whilst visitors can shop and dine in a fantastically non-urban city setting.