Malaysia is known for its beautiful beaches, secluded islands, elevated hill stations, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. However, the country is looking to add another attraction to that list in the form of the three artificial islands just off the coast of Penang.
The islands in question, which have been named ‘BiodiverCity’ will be built using a variety of renewable resources including bamboo, Malaysian timber, as well as recycled materials. Each island will be constructed in the shape of a lilypad and feature a mixture of districts which can house up to 18,000 residents each. The artificial islands will also feature beaches, forests, urban wetlands, cultural quarters, public parks, technology hubs and a 25-kilometre-long waterfront.
Along with being extremely environmentally friendly, the islands will also be free of any cars, with each district being connected by water, land, cycle lanes, and elevated sidewalks for pedestrians.
The ambitious project is currently being developed by local architects and Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) in partnership with Ramboll and Hijjas. According to the designers involved in the project, the goal is to develop both a socially and economically inclusive development while also protecting the local wildlife and biodiversity.
“The Penang South Island vision includes an adaptive infrastructure management platform to harness the site’s renewable resources provided by the sun, wind, rain and ocean. The platform will be ‘plug-and-play’ and include governance to incentivize the use of emerging green technologies as part of an evolving resource management solution,” said Shonn Mills, Global Director of Ramboll.
A completion date for the BiodiverCity islands is yet to be announced, but the project is part of the government-led initiative, Penang2030 vision.
Take a look at BiodiverCity below:
Image credit: Ramboll media