BiodiverCity - global destination

BiodiverCity is a masterplan by BIG that will see three islands built off the shore of Penang Island, Malaysia, connected by an autonomous transport network.

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Each island is modelled on the form of a lilypad and will be composed of mixed-use districts, 4.6 kilometres of public beaches, 242 hectares of parks and a 25-kilometre-long waterfront.

protect the biodiversity

The goal of BiodiverCity is to create a "global destination" that facilitates sustainable economic and cultural growth of Penang Island, while protecting the biodiversity of its coastal zones and natural habitats.

According to BIG, buildings throughout BiodiverCity will largely be constructed using a combination of bamboo, Malaysian timber and "green concrete" that uses recycled materials as aggregate.

The island districts are expected to each support between 15’000 to 18’000 residents and will all support on localised water resources, renewable energy and waste management.
They will also be connected by an autonomous water-, air- and land-based transportation network to make BiodiverCity a car-free environment, prioritising bikers and pedestrians.
As the heart of the island will be a 200-hectare digital park, which BIG says will invite locals and guests to "explore the world of technology, robotics and virtual reality".
All this is in support of the state's Penang2030 vision, for which the goal is to become "family-focused, green and smart".

about the architect

BIG is the architecture practice of Danish architect Ingels, which was founded in 2005. Today it has studios in Copenhagen, New York, London and Barcelona. Elsewhere, BIG is working a masterplan for the "city of the future" with Toyota, which will be built beside Mount Fuji in Japan.


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