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24 January 2014

HOK Uses Biomimicry to Inspire Master Plan for Brunei Capital City

Bandar Seri Begawan

HOK’s 2035 master plan for Bandar Seri Begawan in Brunei looks to the city’s original water-driven form for future inspiration.

“’The influence of biomimicry has been pretty deep on our practice,’ said Asia Pacific director of planning Chris Fannin. ‘It’s not religion, but we feel that it’s something deeper than the way we’ve traditionally looked at our work. Biomimicry has given HOK a way to codify looking at and developing projects.’”

“For the Bandar Seri Begawan project, the firm aimed to find a way to help the city develop sustainably as it trebles in size over the next 20 years. The city rests at the intersection of three rivers, and is surrounded by the Borneo rainforest, but has suffered from a lack of cohesive direction. ‘Here, we have a city that has developed, in modern times, in an ad hoc way,’ Fannin explained.”

“HOK developed a plan that celebrates and fully utilizes the river ways, re-establishing them as a central tenet of the city’s identity, driving programs to clean up and protect the water, reduce city congestion, and revive the traditional fabric of the community.”

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