Concept Designs for Malaysian High Speed Rail Stations Unveiled

MyHSR Corporation presented the architectural concept designs for all seven Malaysian Kuala Lumpur – Singapore High Speed Rail (HSR) stations at an event held on 17 October 2017.

The stations were officially unveiled by Prime Minister Najib Razak during the “MyStations — Transforming Malaysia” presentation event held at the Malaysia International Trade Exhibition Centre (MITEC) in Kuala Lumpur.

First conceived in 2013, the 350 km long Kuala Lumpur – Singapore High Speed Rail is expected to reduce travel time between Singapore and the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur to 90 minutes.

The project envisages the construction of a brand new rail line with dedicated tracks that will allow trains to travel at an operational speed of 320 km/h. It aims to facilitate seamless travel between the two capital cities, enhance business linkages, and connect the peoples of both countries closer together.

“The designs of each station were conceptualised to reflect not only the diverse heritage, culture and identity of each city along the HSR corridor, but also demonstrates the growth vision that will be accomplished with the KL-SG HSR,” said Dr. Ali Hamsa, Chief Secretary to the Government of Malaysia and Chairman of MyHSR Corp.

“I have personally been involved in ensuring that every station design retains strong reflections of Malaysia’s identity and heritage whilst remaining modern and futuristic, and I am pleased to share with you the design concepts of some of the stations,” Najib Razak said.

The high speed line, set to start operations in 2026, will consist of eight stations, seven of which will be in Malaysia:

1-Kuala Lumpur (Bandar Malaysia)
6-Batu Pahat
7-Iskandar Puteri
8-Singapore (Jurong East)

Bandar Malaysia, MyGateway

The Bandar Malaysia station design geometrics are inspired by the confluence of Gombak River and Klang River, resulting in an innovative design that carries Malaysia into the next century.

Bangi-Putrajaya, MyPeople

The Bangi-Putrajaya station is inspired by the official religion, Islam, and its beautiful architecture that can be seen in mosques in the country. This station envisions Malaysia’s aspirations as a progressive nation, articulated by the pointed arches standing united, together.

Seremban, MyVision

A station in the park at the heart of the Malaysian Vision Valley, the Seremban station combines elements of green beauty, futuristic development and proud heritage of the Sri Menanti Palace that served as a palace for the Royal family of the Malaysian state of Negeri Sembilan.

Melaka, MyHeritage

The Melaka station is inspired by the bustling Straits of Malacca connecting the Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean as the main shipping channel. The station design geometrics have a modern take on sails, from Melaka’s historical roots as a thriving shipping port to a futuristic vision of Melaka.

Muar, MyFuture

The ‘rehal’, a book rest used when reciting the Quran, symbolises Muar’s instrumental role in Malaysian history; home to numerous academic and political leaders.

Batu Pahat, MyCulture

The Batu Pahat station is inspired by a prominent local culture of Johor known as the ‘Kuda Kepang’ dance, which is accompanied with traditional musical instruments when performed. The dance is a regular fixture at celebrations and grand occasions in Johor.

Iskandar Puteri, MyEncounter

Iskandar Puteri is the last station in Malaysia before the border-crossing, which signifies the role of borders as a meeting place between people and culture. The station design geometrics are inspired by the gesture of a handshake.

“We are all excited to see the lift-off of this project that has been talked about around the world for some time now. I’m happy to report that that momentous hour is getting closer and closer, and it is right on track,” Najib Razak said.

The Public Inspection exercise will begin on 1 November 2017 for a duration of 3 months. It will serve as a channel for the public to share their feedback, suggestions or raise any concerns regarding the project and the proposed alignment.

Writer: John Carlo Ottaviani

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