The harbour city of Kota Kinabalu is situated on the north western coast of Borneo in the Malaysian province of Sabah. SVA International (formerly Stauch Vorster Architects) were approached by the local practice of MKiandee Architects to assist in an assessment study for a waterfront project on land previously used for shipping‘ container‘ storage. The approximately 10Ha site was master planned as an integrated mixed—use environment with six hotels, retail and restaurants. Various residential developments, a maritime museum, office buildings, specialised services, and numerous lifestyle waterfront facilities, all contributing to the economic feasibility of the project. The spatial design of the streetscapes and public spaces has a strong pedestrian focus, complemented by measures to slow down vehicular traffic rather than separating these two functions. The redevelopment of the old harbour into a commercial waterfront still accommodates existing ferry services and a vibrant fishing’ community, supported by an extension to the city tram line, a new intermodal transport interchange, and a new cruise liner mooring space.