The proposed Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link in Johor Bahru is a public transit link project connecting the city of Johor Bahru with the city-state of Singapore. The four kilometres long railway shuttle link will enable faster and seamless commuting between the cities, as well as easing the already-congested Johor Causeway and gradually replacing the Shuttle Tebrau link by the KTM Intercity train service.
Two stations will serve the link located in Bukit Chagar of Johor Bahru and in Woodlands North of Singapore, respectively. These station buildings will be integrated with the future CIQ facilities of both countries. As part of the groundbreaking ceremony, a public design competition was held to augur the best façade design scheme for this three-storey station building of national importance while highlighting the identity and dynamism of Johor state.
NRY Architects has submitted a façade design proposal that embraces the sinusoidal pattern through the symbolic innovation of modern architectural language, yet respecting the rich distinct Johor cityscape by combining key design elements of undulating waves and portal frame curved haunches structure; to enhance the image of Johor as an innovative and progressive state.
The tectonic of construction and materiality simulates the authentic contemporary expression that enables all walks of life to frame a new exploration of space from afar and also internally spanned over 48 metres roof. To conceptualise this, eight design strategies have been implemented that have unequivocally addressed the green building design and sustainability features. Through applications of lightweight construction and materials, natural lighting and ventilation are achievable, on top of energy and water efficiency, with a smart maintenance system and effective passive design adaptations.