Client : Marlborough College
Marlborough College Malaysia is the first Malaysian subsidiary of the long-established private school in Wiltshire, United Kingdom. This is the first in Malaysia and it combines a broad range of arts and sports facilities interwoven into architecture fabric of the sprawling campus. The landscape focuses on the development of a lush ‘campus-style’ parkland that connects the interior and exterior spaces. The modernist strand of thought runs through the selection of plant species with an architectural character strong enough to withstand the particular standards of abstraction that a minimal landscape calls for.
The proposed landscape forms the connective tissue between the assemblage of buildings, in the form of tree-lined avenues, with the relationship between the scale of the trees and the width of the walkway taken into sensitive consideration. Trees with wider
canopies are proposed where dense foliage is required. These natural features are bound within the diagram campus’s avenues and geometric courtyards with axial sightlines to bring the user’s attention to the surrounding areas, ensuring full integration with the surrounding land uses, pedestrian functions and riverside area of the development.
A comprehensive network of pedestrian friendly and barrier free footpaths maximizing visual opportunities by accentuating viewing corridors from inside-out, emphasizing natural and man made features which in turn create a sense of constantly new vistas from outside looking in. These strategies combine to create a strong sense of place and a landscape that is practical to maintain and aesthetically pleasing to stroll through.