Ruma is a modern structure, in line with the style of the city yet referring to ancient Malaysian culture and its esthetic values in every corridor, room and space.
Ruma comes from the Malaysian word Rumah, namely home – and this is the code for the hotel, coming through in every aspect and in every detail. It is a tall building, like everything here in Kuala Lumpur, with the rooms taking up the bottom half and the upper levels reserved for rented residences, investments or long stays.
Top feature is the swimming pool on the sixth floor: a terrace with tables and sofas opens up with a few steps immerged in a pool, and if you swim across it you reach the edge where the water cascades before some protective glass. There is no vertigo.
From there, the real perception of the height you are at, with views of the towers and the surrounding buildings that almost touch the sky, like a narrow valley, an urban feeling. The modern or contemporary architecture and the buildings under construction are a weave of windows and details in stone, colors shaded by multiple decorations.
Ruma is a modern structure, in line with the style of the city yet referring to ancient Malaysian culture and its esthetic values in every corridor, room and space. Andy Hall designed the rooms thinking of the comfort a home should offer – a shelter from the urban jungle. The rooms are small – even the L-shaped medium and superior category ones.
The design presents clean lines, soft colors between ochre and ivory – but the main esthetic element is the view beyond the window. Light is the protagonist, together with plays of shadows and reflections with the wallpaper and the drapes. All of the furnishing elements are one-offs, made by local craftsmen using local materials. In the middle of the room, the table, which can be moved and used according to your needs, just like at home.
A visit to Kuala Lumpur is generally more for business than for pleasure. The heart of Malaysia, the city has thought big since the year of its foundation, in 1857, and has never really stopped being one of the most visited cities in the world, with an average flow of about ten million tourists per year.
Shopping malls, buildings, skyscrapers and transport complete its profile and put it on a par with many western cities. The Petronas towers have contributed to this – erected between 1995 and 1998 by César Pelli, they were the symbol of the Southeast Asian response, height-wise, to the Twin Towers.
Text Ornella Fusco
Jalan Kia Peng, 7
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia