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    Lofty living at Southeast Asia’s tallest towers

    ON A clear day, residents at The Astaka will have unobstructed views of Johor Bahru city, the Straits of Johor and Singapore from the sky garden on the 66th floor of The Astaka, a project by Astaka Holdings, an integrated property developer in Iskandar Malaysia that is listed on the Catalist Board of the Singapore Exchange.

    Hartanah Impianika is the local agency to market The Astaka in Brunei.

    The Astaka is a twin-tower luxury residential development comprising two towers of 65 and 70 storeys. With the 70-storey tower soaring 305m above sea level.

    It is the tallest residential tower in Southeast Asia.

    Located at One Bukit Senyum, The Astaka is less than one km from the Johor Bahru Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) complex as well as the future Rapid Transit System (RTS) station.

    High specifications

    The Astaka contains 438 luxury residences, with units starting from 2,207 sq ft for a typical three-bedroom apartment to 2,659 sq ft for a typical four-bedroom apartment. Each floor contains four units – two three-bedroom and two four-bedroom apartments – and each comes with private lift access.

    The Astaka is considered the most luxurious development in Iskandar Malaysia. Astaka means ‘Royal Pavilion’. The development obtained its Certificate of Completion and Compliance earlier last year.

    The lobby of The Astaka or ‘Royal Pavilion’. – TJE ASTAKA

    As The Astaka is the flagship development of One Bukit Senyum, the residences have high specifications.

    The façade is clad with double-glazed, low-e glass, which helps reduce heat, glare and noise.

    Facilities include sky lounges, entertainment rooms, outdoor entertainment areas, themed gardens and ‘live kitchens’, where residents can hire a chef for private dining.

    Super tall appeal

    Instead of a 30 – to 40-storey, high-rise residential towers, Astaka Holdings decided to develop a super-tall structure and “position the 70-storey tower as the tallest building in Southeast Asia”. Beyond height, the bar is raised in terms of product and price.

    To hold the load of the towers, bore piling for the foundation was up to a depth of 92m. It’s the deepest bored pile in Johor Bahru with 13.5km of piles to hold up these towers.

    Integrated development

    Even while it was constructing The Astaka towers, Astaka Holdings went ahead with the master plan for the rest of the integrated development on the 11.85-acre site at One Bukit Sen-yum, which will include a luxury hotel, serviced apartments, a Grade-A office tower and a lifestyle retail mall.

    When completed in 2021, the mixed-use development will have a gross floor area of 6.6 million sq ft and gross development value of up to RM5.3 billion.

    It will be Johor Bahru’s new central business district when completed.

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