BIG reveals urban lilypads masterplan for Penang South Reclamation project (Malaysia)

Denmark-based Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has been announced as the lead masterplan designer for the Penang South Islands (PSI) project, which involves the development of three man-made islands under the Penang South Reclamation (PSR) project.

BIG was selected as the winner of the PSI Masterplan Design Competition (MDC) after 124 submissions from 26 countries were reviewed. The announcement as made at Hotel Equatorial Penang on Wednesday, August 19th. 

BIG founder and creative director Bjarke Ingels said that they have set the bar as high as humanly possible by imagining a new archipelago that aimed to be both more culturally and biologically diverse than existing conditions.

Under the PSR project, the state government is proposing to reclaim about 1,821 hectares of the sea to build three islands south of the Penang International Airport towards the east around Permatang Damar Laut to create a land bank that will be utilised to finance the Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP) project. 

The RM46 billion PTMP project entails the construction of an undersea tunnel connecting the island to the mainland, highways, light rail transit (LRT), monorail and a comprehensive bus network between the island and Seberang Perai.

BIG reveals masterplan for “urban lilypads” off coast of Penang Island (Video by: Dezeen, August 2020)

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