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Benoy bags Borneo beachfront scheme

Benoy is to design a tourism and residential development in the Malaysian city of Kota Kinabalu

The 260ha Tanjung Aru Eco Development will be Benoy’s first work in the state of Sabah.

The work will include beaches, public parks, resort hotels, beach clubs, marinas, entertainment, recreation and dining.

Benoy global managing director Simon Blore said the scheme was important for the practice, which has a studio in Singapore as well as five other cities across the Eastern hemisphere.

‘Tanjung Aru Eco Development is a significant scheme for Benoy, not only as our maiden project in Sabah, but also for the opportunity we have been given to shape and transform one of Malaysia’s favourite cities,’ he said.

‘Our aspiration behind the design has been to create a precinct that is unique in its quality and sense of place and that is imbued with a set of principles that will guide the future of this new district.’

Developer Tanjung Aru Eco Development Sdn Bhd’s plans for the development were announced by the chief minister of Sabah at the Malaysia Day Golden Jubilee celebration earlier this month.

London-headquartered Foster + Partners held the Art of Architecture exhibition in Kuala Lumpur earlier this year.

The show included snapshots of the practice’s projects in Malaysia, including IB Tower, a 58-storey skyscraper in the heart of Kuala Lumpur city centre.

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