An island residence spanning more than 10km2 with ample green space, made possible due to the fact that vehicles will be diverted underground, Forest City utilises 3D multi-tiered urban planning concepts to create a quiet, safe and relaxing paradise. The development’s multi-tiered transportation system will see all vehicles docked underground where there is ample parking, and which will traverse the island via a road network set beneath the surface green. An elevated light-rail system will also be implemented, sitting above the islands’ ground level and keeping streets free of traffic and transport infrastructure to make way for more public space.
Contributing to the ‘green’ effect of the entire development will be the facades of the buildings. It is the first city in the world where horticulture will cover the buildings, creating a forest-like environment. Vertical greenery, sky gardens and rooftop garden systems will cover all buildings, contributing natural barriers that will save energy, reduce noise and conserve rainwater, as well as working to purify the air. Mangrove swamps, wetlands, fresh air and pristine water are yet more features of the mammoth eco-city.
No expense has been spared regarding security for the development. A closed management system will provide comprehensive logistics management with multiple levels of security and 24-hour security patrols.
Forest City, which broke ground in 2013, is jointly developed with a company controlled by the Sultan of Johor, the Malaysian state where the project is located, and is being built near Malaysia’s border with Singapore to lure wealthy investors from both countries. Its plan is to seek to eliminate the discomfort people experience in high-rise buildings, which generally means being down to earth and being green, ecological and environmentally-friendly.
The islands will incorporate serviced apartments, exclusive hotels, and, given its proximity to Singapore, will feature both water and land customs leading directly to Singapore, with conveniences such as duty-free shops, light railway and a transportation hub to facilitate travel on, off and around the islands.