Making the Indian architecture and design community very proud, CP Kukreja Architects finds itself in a unique position after being the only Indian firm shortlisted for the Master Planning and Architectural design of the New Kuala Lumpur City Centre in Malaysia. The reputed practice finds itself in honourable company among other shortlisted international architectural practices – viz., Zaha Hadid Architects, SOM, Ove Arup and Atkins.
The project, the most ambitious of its kind, involves the development of a completely new city district spanning over 500 acres, which will be the new mixed-use capital of Malaysia. The total built-up area of the project spans 200 million sq-ft (almost equivalent to 20 Connaught Places). The Malaysian Government has proposed a mixed-use development that will include retail, offices, commercial facilities, luxury accommodation, spaces for leisure, festivals, culinary and cultural events, etc. CP Kukreja’s proposal for a transit-oriented hub in Bandar Malaysia – at the heart of the capital city, is part of a larger vision for the transformation of Greater Kuala Lumpur.
The seamless transportation network is envisioned to become a benchmark for low CO2 emission in one of the greatest integrated underground networks of the world. “Kuala Lumpur’s booming economy, culture, society and topography demands that Bandar Malaysia not only captures the ethos of the city, but also brings Kuala Lumpur on the map as one of the global cities of tomorrow,” the firm explained. The five entries will now be evaluated by the jury chaired by the Prime Minister of Malaysia in mid-October.