News - 7 February 2020

UNStudio shortlisted for the Penang South Island Masterplan Design Competition

The Government of Penang has announced UNStudio as one of five finalists shortlisted for the Penang South Islands Masterplan Design Competition.

As part of the Penang 2030 visioin, the masterplan redesign for three islands in Penang, Malaysia will integrate sustainable development as well as economic, environmental and social benefits across approximately 4.6km of public beaches, 240 hectares of parks and 25km of waterfront promenade.

UNStudio was chosen from a total of 124 competitors, joining BIG, Foster+Partners, MVRDV and Tekurma Frenchman Urban Design. To develop our design, we have teamed with a61 architects from Kuala Lumpur and Penang to complement our international expertise and to best understand the local specificity. Along with a61 architects, we will be developing our proposal with Strelka KB, SBP, Ramboll Studio Dreiseitl, Transsolar, Systematica, Witteveen + Bos, Perunding Prisma Sejati, Perunding Kos T & K, Professor Zulfigar Yasin, Fanli Marine and Consultancy, SNA Consult and HYDEC Engineering.

Announcing the finalists, Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the development was a key strategic initiative: a ‘people-focused and inclusive’ integrated sustainable development emphasising the economic, environmental and social aspects aligned with the Penang 2030 Vision.

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 is available on the dedicated website.

Image: from, showing the members of the shortlisted team. UNStudio's Marianthi Tatari 4th from the right.