A new sustainable city to be built in Malaysia
An international design competition conducted by the Penang State Government in January this year to transform the Penang South Islands into a sustainable, global destination has been won by Ramboll, architect Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and Hijjas.
As per Penang State Government, the proposal by the three companies titled ‘BiodiverCity’ supports the Penang 2030 vision clearly focusing on livability, to enhance the quality of life and to boost the economy to increase household income. Most importantly, the design focuses on environmental sustainability for future generations.
The region’s had unique biodiversity which spans several topographies and protected environments, which have been facing several developments, disrupting the coastal zones and natural habitats in recent years.
The new PSI project will be located at the south-end of Penang island. It will include three islands, covering a total area of 4,500 acres in land size with mixed-use districts between 15,000 and 18,000 residents.
Additionally, the residents can also enjoy near 4.6km of public beaches, 600 acres of parks and 25km of waterfront.