Platform for Malaysians to design seats at train stations

  • Metro News
  • Monday, 08 Jun 2020

FANCY designing furniture for eight new MRT stations?

The invitation is open to design benches for the upcoming MRT Putrajaya Line (formerly Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya Line).

Top entries stand a chance of winning a total of RM27,000

in the contest by Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp).

Transeat, which is the abbreviation for the MRT Putrajaya Line Underground Stations Bench Design competition, aims to obtain the best design for benches to be installed in the underground stations of this second MRT line scheduled to become fully operational in 2023.

The competition is open from now until July 31 to all Malaysians except employees of MRT Corp, MMC Gamuda KVMRT (PDP) Sdn Bhd and MMC Gamuda KVMRT (T) Sdn Bhd.

Professionals who are in the design industry and non-professionals, including students, are encouraged to participate.

MRT Corp MRT Putrajaya Line project director Datuk Amiruddin Ma’aris said the competition was being organised for the second time following the success of the MRT Kajang Line (formerly known as the Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line) in 2015 and 2016.

“This time around, we have decided to open this competition so all Malaysian citizens can be a part of the Klang Valley MRT Project, where the best design

will be placed at the underground stations of the MRT Putrajaya Line,” he said in a statement.

He noted that there was a rich vein of talent among Malaysians to be tapped.

“There were many interesting designs submitted in the first competition, showing that many Malaysians have great ideas and talent.

“MRT Corp is now providing Malaysians a platform to transform these ideas into reality,”

he added.

Amiruddin said the launch of the competition showed that construction of the MRT Putrajaya Line was progressing well.

“It marks the point where it is time to start thinking of how to fit the underground stations with furniture, which is one of the final stages of the construction process.”

Transeat’s grand-prize winner will take home RM10,000, while the first and second runners-up will win RM7,000 and RM5,000 respectively.

A special prize category of RM5,000 will also be awarded for the best submission by students.

The grand-prize design for the benches will be installed in eight of the nine MRT Putrajaya Line underground stations, subject to suitability, cost of production and other considerations.

One station, the Tun Razak Exchange Station, which was built as part of the MRT Kajang Line as an interchange with the Putrajaya Line, already has benches and as such, is excluded from the competition.

Winners of the competition organised in collaboration with Malaysia Design Council and supported by Malaysian Association of Industrial Designers, are expected to be announced by the end of this year.

Meanwhile, construction of the Putrajaya Line has reached 73%, with Phase One of the line — from Kwasa Damansara to Kampung Batu — now 86% complete and is expected to be opened in mid-2021.

The entire line from Kwasa Damansara to Putrajaya Sentral will be fully operational under Phase Two in January 2023. Phase Two is currently at 70% completion.

For details on the competition, visit

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