Bandar Malaysia

Constellation City: 30-year master plan for Kuala Lumpur’s brightest new district

Ministry of Finance, Government of Malaysia | Iskandar Waterfront Holdings Sdn. Bhd. | Malaysia | 2016

160 million-plus square
feet of development

350,000 jobs;
350,000 residents

Terminus of the Singapore–Malaysia
High Speed Rail

140+ towers on
480 acres
in the heart of Kuala Lumpur


  • Bandar Malaysia held a master plan competition to propose a new mega-district for Kuala Lumpur that would provide passengers with a new international high-speed rail terminal.
  • The site needed to be the country’s most comprehensive transit hub, integrating high-speed rail, airport express rail, commuter rail, mass rapid transit, bus rapid transit, commuter buses, surface light rail, private and shared vehicles, and non-motorized transit.
  • The site had to accommodate over 160 million square feet of development—an impressively dense urban experience in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.
  • The master plan was economically feasible, representing the best in development, best practice, and real estate strategy.
  • The development was created to advance Malaysia’s efforts in transit-oriented development—an exemplar for future development.


  • A master plan was created that placed outdoor public space within 250 metres of every development plot.
  • Clusters were developed around multimodal transportation centers, maximizing value for development and enabling a public-transport-enabled city.
  • Phasing and plot sequencing reinforced transit-oriented development and enabled investment in shared public space and infrastructure.
  • A walking-focused garden city separates vehicular traffic from pedestrians, reserving the new ground level for walking, biking, and light-rail public transit.


  • Bandar Malaysia's Constellation City will transform Kuala Lumpur into a global leader in sustainable, connected, and integrated urban living for the 21st century.
  • It serves as a vibrant, new international gateway for passengers arriving in Malaysia by high-speed rail.
  • The city is a vibrant new “star” in Kuala Lumpur’s constellation of urban centers.
  • It delivers a compelling vision, grounded in practical implementation and real estate strategy.
  • Bandar Malysia is Kuala Lumpur’s premiere live-work-play community with unprecedented access to public local, regional, and international transportation options.
  • It is a seamlessly connected leading destination for investment in Southeast Asia.
  • Integrated sustainable strategies include water recycling, on-site water treatment, reduced carbon travel, daylighting, and renewable energy generation.
  • Successfully named to the qualified panel for this invited, paid competition

Project numbers

480 acres
160 million-plus square feet of development
147 towers
7.8 plot ratio
Almost 350,000 jobs
Almost 350,000 residents
7+ integrated transit networks

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