Asia In Focus: Malaysia's Private Island Residence


Located along the coastal waterways of the Straits of Johor Bahru in Malaysia, Tebrau Waterfront Residences and Resort Development raises the bar for waterfront living and is the latest international flagship development of Iskandar Malaysia, following the success of Puteri Harbour and Medini Precincts in Nusajaya.

The new two million square-metre waterfront community, masterplanned by developers Aedis, will combine villas and high-rise residential towers with a variety of commercial programs and a hotel.

The integrated community development consists of high-end residential apartments and waterfront villas which are complemented by commercial and retail buildings. A resort hotel with its own exclusive marina adds a definite touch of prestige to the development. To maximise the strongly-desired waterfront view, waterways have been carved into the land to increase the coastal outline, bringing the seas closer inland. An overlay of boulevards, bridges and walkways ensures seamless connectivity in the entire development.

Development density is graded to optimise the view of the prime panoramic waterfront while flexibility within the masterplan is maximised in order to adapt and respond to future market change. A village retail hub is designed to reveal the concept of floating boxes which is inspired by the unique old Tebrau history of ‘kelongs’, the offshore wood platforms often found in coastal waters, creating the unique contextual architecture to the old Tebrau village.

A series of interconnected public spaces and key destinations including a village retail hub, activity plaza and marina theatre are connected by pedestrian underpasses, elevated links and waterfront promenades, creating a comprehensive open space network. Sunken courtyards sit above car parks to facilitate natural ventilation and allow sunlight in while boulevards induce air flow and heat dissipation.

About the developer

Aedas is one of the world’s leading global architecture and design practices.

The company is built on the belief that great design can only be delivered by people with a deep social and cultural understanding of the communities they are designing for.

Aedas global platform for creative excellence in design enables some of the world’s most talented designers to plug into the latest information and delivery systems they need to produce truly world-class design solutions.

The practice’s unique structure, global presence, and commitment to cutting-edge R&D are testament to the desire to deliver design excellence to clients wherever they are in the world.

About Malaysia

Malaysia is a highly open, upper-middle income economy. Malaysia was one of 13 countries identified by the Commission on Growth and Development in its 2008 Growth Report to have recorded average growth of more than 7 percent per year for 25 years or more. Economic growth was inclusive, as Malaysia also succeeded in nearly eradicating poverty: the share of households living below the national poverty line (USD 8.50 per day in 2012) fell from over 50 percent in the 1960s to less than 1 percent currently.

From an economy dominated by the production of raw natural resource materials, such as tin and rubber, even as recently as the 1970s, Malaysia today has a diversified economy and has become a leading exporter of electrical appliances, electronic parts and components, palm oil, and natural gas.

Malaysia was hit by the Global Financial Crisis in 2009 but recovered rapidly, posting growth rates averaging 5.7 percent since 2010.

Source: The World Bank. 

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