2017 Winner for Public & Institutional - Malaysian Institute of Interior Designers REKA Awards
Lead designer, space planning
Facilities: Sky Diner, Sky Kitchen, Sky Theatre, Sky Gym, Combat Zone, Energy Bar, Chill Zone and Bridge Lounge
Vercadicos Sky Bridge was named after one of the oldest bridges in the world, Arkadiko. The ancient bridge linked two cities, allowing both to prosper. Our design was inspired by an old train station, due to its location which was once the city’s first trunk road and railway.
The brief was to execute the concept of connection and progress inside a double volume space.
During the 1950s the positioning was key due to its proximity to numerous trade channels, including Klang river, a well-known shipping route for sea cargo. The surrounding rich and diverse culture influenced all aspects of the design direction with connection and progress at the heart of our concept.
An impressive sense of open space is immediately apparent due to the bridge’s length, layout and double volume height, spanning 10,000 square feet. A raw energy emits from the use of exposed beams with railway track elements, incorporated into the existing steel structure, then modernised by glass curtain walls and a contemporary wood finished flooring.
History is celebrated in the form of a visual story, represented through the photography gallery that runs along the glass walls. Old fashioned movie posters and restaurant signage, frame their designated areas, reminiscent of a bygone era.
The variety of facilities are carefully zoned, and make use of the full bridge length, transitioning from one activity to another. They include a gym, twenty four seater movie theatre, a cafe with full kitchen and a games room. This meet the complete needs of the residents who are able to relax and entertain guests in this unique environment.
Memories of the historic trading days are captured in the finer design details such as wooden fish cut outs, and oversized old wheels with steely industrial finishes.