Broadway Malyan to masterplan new
district for Kuala Lumpur

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Broadway Malyan to masterplan Kuala Lumpur district

News: architects Broadway Malyan have been chosen to masterplan a new 196-hectare residential and commercial district south of Kuala Lumpur.

Bandar Malaysia will be built on the site of a former international airport approximately five kilometres south of Kuala Lumpur city centre.

Broadway Malyan's masterplan, which was selected from a shortlist of six, will include a commercial district, cultural buildings and residential areas, including sustainable and affordable housing.

The firm was appointed to the project by 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), a development company owned by the Malaysian government.

Broadway Malyan to masterplan Kuala Lumpur district

1MDB chief executive officer Dato' Azmar Talib said the project was part of a national vision to make Kuala Lumpur one of the world's most habitable cities.

"Bandar Malaysia will be an inclusive, public transit-oriented city that is designed as a walkable community through a series of safe, secure and pleasant pedestrian and cycling networks, set against a backdrop of well-articulated open spaces and greenery," he said.

"[The] concept masterplan provides a strong foundation for the next stage, which is to further develop Bandar Malaysia to become the benchmark for sustainability and livability in the region, in line with the national vision of making Kuala Lumpur one of the world’s top 20 most livable cities by 2020."

The project will be supported by engineers from Arup and Sinclair Knight Merz and local planners Arah Rancang Malaysia.

Last summer Broadway Malyan unveiled plans to build Convida Suape, a new city for 100,000 inhabitants in the north east of Brazil. We also previously reported on the firm's renovation of Rossio railway station in Lisbon, Portugal.

Other masterplans in south east Asia we've reported on lately include an under-construction business district in Shanghai designed by MVRDV and SWA Group's pedestrian-friendly vision for an area larger than Manhattan in Shenzhen, China – see more masterplans.

Image is from Broadway Malyan.

Here's more information from Broadway Malyan:


Broadway Malyan's winning masterplan set to transform Kuala Lumpur

1MDB (1Malaysia Development Berhad) has appointed a global team to partner with local planners to create a game-changing masterplan for Bandar Malaysia, Malaysia.

The team is led by global architecture, urbanism and design practice Broadway Malyan, supported by world-class design and engineering teams from Arup and Sinclair Knight Merz, in collaboration with local planner Arah Rancang Malaysia.

The winning team was selected from a total of six finalists based on concept proposals which perfectly captures the essence of 1MDB's vision and commitment for a mixed-use development that will help transform Kuala Lumpur into one of the world’s best global cities.

The appointment is the culmination of a comprehensive multi-stage international masterplan competition organised by the Malaysian Institute of Planners (MIP). The winning team was chosen by a panel of local and international experts in real estate and urban planning. The idea and design competition attracted participation from well-known local and international planning teams who competed in three rounds of eliminations.

1MDB Real Estate Sdn Bhd Chief Executive Officer Dato' Azmar Talib said: "The winning design best represents 1MDB's vision and fundamentals for the development of Bandar Malaysia. Broadway Malyan and Arah Rancang Malaysia's concept masterplan provides a strong foundation for the next stage, which is to further develop Bandar Malaysia to become the benchmark for sustainability and liveability in the region, in line with the national vision of making Kuala Lumpur the world’s top 20 most liveable cities by 2020."

MIP's past president and Bandar Malaysia International Masterplan Competition Head Khairiah Talha said: "The submissions were mostly of very high calibre, but Broadway Malyan and Arah Rancang Malaysia's entry stood out for its inclusion of an innovative approach that is the masterplan's 'software', where the communities themselves will help shape a cohesive and dynamic environment in Bandar Malaysia.

"MIP is very proud to collaborate with 1MDB on this project to fulfil a national aspiration. We are very pleased with the panel's choice and are confident that Broadway Malyan and Arah Rancang Malaysia will be able to deliver a visionary masterplan fitting a global city which Bandar Malaysia aims to be."

The 196-hectare Bandar Malaysia is envisioned to be one of the most desirable environments to live, learn, work and play in the Asian region. The strategic real estate development project aims to combine a vibrant mixed-use community with a commercial district to foster creativity and innovation. It will be an international destination for culture and the arts showcasing Malaysia’s diverse culture.

Dato' Azmar said: "Bandar Malaysia will be an inclusive, public transit-oriented city that is designed as a walkable community through a series of safe, secure and pleasant pedestrian and cycling networks, set against a backdrop of well-articulated open spaces and greenery. As part of 1MDB's commitment towards providing affordable housing, Bandar Malaysia aims to be the yardstick for sustainable and affordable urban housing within Malaysia."

Recent masterplans delivered by Broadway Malyan include visions for new cities in Abu Dhabi (a 680-hectare waterfront community of up to 55,000 inhabitants on Yas Island), Brazil (Convida Suape – a new city involving the transformation of a 470-hectare area for 100,000 inhabitants) and Iraq (the '10×10' project involving a 17 sq km extension of Sadr City, Baghdad, and the creation of New Sadr City).

  • dUMB

    Wow, what an amazing scheme, literally takes your breathe away – respect!

    • Chris

      Sarcasm? Or idiocy?

  • Hayden

    Renders courtesy of Microsoft Paint.

  • Idris

    Looks horrible! The Malaysian BN government has done it again!

  • Malaysia Boleh

    Seriously, this?

    “To further develop Bandar Malaysia to become the benchmark for sustainability and livability in the region, in line with the national vision of making Kuala Lumpur one of the world’s top 20 most livable cities by 2020.”

    You must be joking!

  • Julien

    Cementing Broadway Malyan’s status as the world’s worst architecture firm.

  • James

    It doesn’t say much and the perspective is not showing much either. Sounds and looks flaky. Like how the Malaysian government always does their projects: half baked, but burnt.

    It’s named after the prime minister – his ego is bigger than the city.

  • Ramulo

    I’m sorry, what the hell is this?

  • JayCee

    I think that should read “most livable cities for ex-pats and the super rich”. It’s good to see that developing countries are still only really interested in developing their capital cities. Malaysia is a great place to live, KL is great, as long as you are one of the 20% mat-saleh population.

  • jin jong

    Why all the hate?

    It floats in safe waters, nothing cringe-worthy here, just another high-rise scheme (no worse than most).

  • Dimitri

    This has already been done in Dublin, Ireland. Martha Schwartz already used the red carpet and red light poles idea and her interpretation is far more effective. Why would you do it again!?

  • Darren Tham

    During 2008′s general election, there was the biggest land scam yet, PGCC by Asymptote was even featured here. http://www.dezeen.com/2007/09/21/penang-global-ci
    http://pakguard84.wordpress.com/tag/pgcc/ http://www.malaysia-today.net/archives/archives-2

    Now, in 2013, the general election is coming in a few days time.
    And this scheme is introduced. Wanna know what 1mdb is? http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/143077 http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/artichttp://www.kinibiz.com/story/issues/11458/1mdb%E2https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation

    Dirtiest general election in Malaysia’s history. The whole world is watching.

    Btw, PGCC looks much better and pulled off a better scam.

  • dleyl

    Yup, another development for the super rich. Go to hell minority people, you don’t deserve to be here… huh!