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MVRDV shortlisted for the Penang South Island Project, Malaysia


The Penang government, Malaysia, has announced the five international teams to design the three reclaimed islands in the Penang South Islands (PSI) project.

MVRDV is excited to be one of the five shortlisted teams out of 124, following a master-planning competition with the Penang government,  jointly organized with the Malaysian Institute of Architects (Northern Chapter) and the Board of Architects Malaysia, held since last November. 

MVRDV hopes to contribute to shaping Penang as the future digital hub and new center of growth in its region, the project off the coast of Permatang Damar Laut measuring nearly 17 sq km. It is a unique chance to create a platform that will not only serve the new digital and technology industries in Penang but also one that reflects the identity of the Penangites, a sustainable, holistic and family-focused environment.

For more than 25 years, MVRDV has been pushing for design solutions, which help our cities and landscapes develop towards a healthier, social and sustainable future. MVRDV operates globally as a network of specialists in intense cooperation with all parties responsible for realizing the project. We have joined forces with excellent international companies to compliment all the expertise needs for this assignment; such as smart mobility (Mobility in Chain), economic planning (Rebel Group), marine and aquatic expertise (Deltares) and climate masterplanning expert (TransSolar). MVRDV collaborates with local executive Malaysian architect aLM Architects. 

The other shortlisted teams are Bjarke Ingels Group (Denmark) with Hijjas Architects and Planners; Foster + Partners (UK) with GDP Architects Sdn Bhd; Tekuma Frenchman Urban Design (United States) with Eowon Architects; and UN Studio (Netherlands) with Architects 61 Sdn Bhd. The state government has decided to display all design submissions from the five finalists in a public exhibition at the conclusion of the competition, expected in April. More information on the dedicated website.

Image: from, showing the members of the shortlisted team. MVRDV Senior Project Leader Emilie Koch 2nd from left.