Brunei is home to one of the world’s most biologically diverse ecosystems. Its capital city, Bandar Seri Begawan, is in a rainforest hemmed in by rivers on the island of Borneo. The team’s development plan responds to the government’s vision of promoting economic diversity and creating a “city in a garden.”
The master planning team collaborated with biologists, environmental specialists, engineers, and the people and government of Brunei to create sustainable development strategies.
The Sungai Kedayan River connects the international airport to the city center and Brunei River on which sits the water town of Kampong Ayer. The eco-corridor along the rivers was originally designed to manage frequent flooding. Later, it was enhanced to promote tourism and regeneration.
The new master plan refocuses development along the river, creating an active waterfront for recreation, leisure and cultural activities. The plan connects new commercial nodes and open spaces to reactivate development along the river.
A boundary policy restricts growth outside of the currently developed area. This prevents urban sprawl and improves land-use efficiency while preserving forests and open spaces.
Led by HOK, the master planning team included Jones Lang LaSalle, Meinhardt, MVA and Brunei firm OWMP International.