Pintasan Saloma Bridge / VERITAS Design Group
Photographs: Paul Gadd
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Text description provided by the architects. The Pintasan Saloma is a pedestrian walkway open to the public in February 2020 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This seamless link connects two important destinations: Kampong Bharu (New Village), the traditional Malay enclave; and Kuala Lumpur City Center (KLCC), the modern Central Business District (CBD); formerly separated by the Sungai Klang (Klang River) and the Ampang Kuala Lumpur six-lane elevated highway (AKLEH).
The link, commissioned by the Kampong Bharu Development Corporation (PKB), encompassed the redevelopment of Jalan Saloma (Saloma Street), redesigned to accommodate a small plaza, wider trails with integrated landscape and street furniture, and a 370m elevated walkway. culminating on a bridge that spans 69m across the Sungai Klang and AKLEH.
The Pintasan Saloma lands in Kampong Bharu, creating a small elevated platform that frames the panoramic view of the vibrant KLCC, its Petronas Twin Towers and other major city landmarks, but also the future of Kampong Bharu.
Inspired by Sirih Junjung, an ornamental leaf traditionally offered in Malaysian weddings as a symbol of unity, the Pintasan Saloma represents a ceremonial gesture that embodies the link between the two fabrics: KLCC and Kampong Bharu. Beyond the most practical and immediate effects derived from this new connection, the Pintasan Saloma aims to stimulate this part of the city, not only by making it more accessible, but, above all, by spreading the well-being of the prosperous CBD, making this traditional enclave a more resilient place.