Malaysia's Forest City is set to become Southeast Asia's largest mixed-use green development. Sasaki Associates designed the $40.9 billion masterplan as an ecosystem that mimics the natural coastal ecologies of the region. The project will boast the world's largest green roof system in addition to a slew of other features.
The new Forest City to be located near the economic centers of Southeast Asia is expected to become a cultural and economic hub. The architects designed it in a way that doesn’t affect the area’s delicate ecosystem or the fishing industry. It would re-establish nine kilometers of mangroves, 10 kilometers of shallow coves and mudflats, and protect 250 hectares of shallow-water seagrass.
The masterplan features several sustainable strategies, including a “rooftop network of interconnected parks and gardens,” expected to become the world’s largest green roof system. Pedestrian-friendly spaces, natural habitats and stormwater filtering systems are some of the greenest aspects of the project, which combines iconic architecture with sustainable design principles.