9, Lorong Raja Muda Musa 3, Kampung Baru, 50300, Kuala Lumpur

Architect : Veritas Architects Sdn Bhd

The Saloma Link (Pintasan Saloma in Malay) is a new pedestrian bridge that connects two important districts in Kuala Lumpur : Kampong Bharu (New Village), the traditional Malay enclave dating back to late 19th century and the Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC), the modern cosmopolitan Central Business District (CBD), formerly separated by the Sungai Klang (Klang River) and the six-lane AKLEH highway. The Saloma Link, encompassed the redevelopment of Jalan Saloma (Saloma Street), to accommodate a small streetside plaza, wider shaded foot paths and a 370m elevated walkway culminated on a bridge that spans 69m across the Klang River and the AKLEH highway. Inspired by the Sirih Junjung, a matrimonial gift hand-crafted from sireh leaves, traditionally offered in Malay weddings as a symbol of unity, the Saloma Link represents a ceremonial gesture that embodies the bond between two important enclaves in the city: the affluent Kuala Lumpur City Centre and the historical village of Kampong Bharu. Beyond promoting increased connectivity and walkability, the Saloma Link aims to stimulate both the conservation and the redevelopment of this historical part of the city, not only by making it more accessible, but, especially, by spreading the welfare of the prosperous CBD, making of this traditional enclave a more resilient place that can participate more equitably in Kuala Lumpur’s growth The curved steel roof canopy consists of 4,100 diamond facade module, made of solid and perforated Aluminum, glass and clear panels. Each of the façade panels are equipped with state-of-the-art lighting modules to illuminate the bridge during the night. However, during the day, the panel’s unique shape enables to reflect the sunlight to give the bridge a slight glimmer and distinctive character. The façade panels also create a play of light and shadows to offer a unique experience as one walks through the bridge. The façade media lighting can be programmed for different events, which contributes to the popularity of the bridge during local festive periods.

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