THE INDONESIA ISSUE
CIPUTRA WORLD SURABAYA
INDUSTRY MULTIPLE WINS AT
AN OASIS IN THE CITY
ELEVATING THE PEDESTRIAN EXPERIENCE
BCA AWARDS 2015
MCI (P) 081/08/2014
VOLUME 6 NUMBER 2 2015 SINGAPORE
DP ARCHITECTS IN
INDONESIA MEDAN UNDER CONSTRUCTION - Podomoro City Deli Medan PLANNING STAGE - Medan Fair - Medan Ring Road
PLANNING STAGE - Pontianak Mixed Development
PLANNING STAGE - Lubuklinggau Mixed Development
PALEMBANG COMPLETED - Palembang Icon - Palembang Square PLANNING STAGE - Jakabaring Mixed Development
COMPLETED - Universitas Pelita Harapan
COMPLETED - Trans Studio Bandung
UNDER CONSTRUCTION - Bandung ICON
- Cikarang Mixed Development - Millennium Village - Serang Mixed Development
COMPLETED - Gumaya Tower Hotel Semarang UNDER CONSTRUCTION - Srondol Semarang
JAKARTA COMPLETED - Citra Graha Office - Emporium Pluit Mall - Equity Tower - Kemang Village - Kuningan City - MRCCC Siloam Hospitals - Multivision Tower - OT Office - Pacific Bay @ Pacific Place - Pejaten Village - Pluit Village Mall - Senayan City - Setiabudi Residence - Siloam Hospitals Simatupang - TCC Batavia Tower 1
- The City Tower - The Peak - The Windsor - Wisma 46 UNDER CONSTRUCTION - Embarcadero Park Bintaro - Holland Village - La Vie - Mangkuluhur City - Pondok Indah Residences - Puri Matahari Tower - SOHO @ Podomoro City - SOHO Pancoran - TCC Batavia Tower 2 - Trans Fashion Office Tower
SOLO PLANNING STAGE - Solo Mixed Development
YOGYAKARTA COMPLETED - Yogya Saphir Mall & Hospital UNDER CONSTRUCTION - Uttara The Icon
Since establishing its presence in Indonesia in the early 1990s, DP Architects has over the past two decades contributed to the country’s urban development, delivering a wide range of typologies across 18 cities. The firm’s involvement started with the Wisma 46 tower, which remains one of the tallest and most iconic buildings in the country. In Indonesia, a huge part of DP Architects’ portfolio comprises mixed-use developments that integrate commercial, residential,
hospitality, medical developments and schools in one convenient location. In congested cities like Jakarta where developments tend to be ahead of infrastructure and public services, mixed-use offerings not only minimise travelling time but also increase social interaction and create a sense of community. The complexities are multifold but the firm has established a track record in producing pragmatic yet elegantly designed solutions that not only work within the client’s means, but also address the
needs of the end-users to ensure a peopleoriented space that raises the quality of life. Working with major developers, local architects and consultants, DP Architects takes pride in its involvement in transforming the Indonesian cityscape. The featured projects in this issue bear testimony to its multi-faceted design methodology and objectives, which has allowed it to deliver projects that transcend architecture, uplifting the social, economic and environmental conditions of a place.
MANADO PLANNING STAGE - Bitung Mixed Development - Blue Banter Mixed Development - Kairagi Mixed Development - Paniki Mixed Development
BALIKPAPAN UNDER CONSTRUCTION - Borneo Bay City
MAKASSAR COMPLETED - Trans Studio Mall
BALI COMPLETED - Lippo Mall Kuta - Siloam Hospitals Bali
UNDER CONSTRUCTION - The St Moritz Makassar
PLANNING STAGE - Makassar Dillah - Tanjung Bunga
UNDER CONSTRUCTION - Siloam Hospitals Ambon
PLANNING STAGE - Ubud Mixed Development
COMPLETED - Ciputra Mall - Ciputra World Surabaya - City of Tomorrow
COMPLETED - Lippo Mall Kupang - Siloam Hospitals Kupang
UNDER CONSTRUCTION - Supermall Pakuwon Indah Extension - Tunjungan Plaza 6 PLANNING STAGE - Siloam Hospitals Gubeng - Surabaya Junction
LABUAN BAJO PLANNING STAGE - Labuan Bajo Mixed Development
LEGEND Commercial Office Hospitality Medical School Residential Retail
Vo l u m e 6 N u m b e r 2 , 2 0 1 5 , S i n g a p o re
Letter from the Guest Editor Dear Readers, Welcome to a special issue of Design in Print, which puts a significant market under the microscope – Indonesia. As one of the top five fastest growing economies in Asia and the largest Southeast Asian economy, this market remains vibrant and more relevant than ever. As we reflect on more than 20 years of business growth in Indonesia, we are grateful to have been trusted with over 200 projects across 18 Indonesian cities and remain ever thankful and appreciative to our clients for encouraging us to push the envelope in our designs. With a population of 250 million and bustling megacities, Indonesia’s urban challenges are unique in the world. For a start, the scale and diversity of requirements within a mixed-use development are unprecedented. Building on its expertise in designing for mixed-use typologies, DP Architects finds itself designing mega mixed-use developments to suit the end-user’s needs – going beyond the typical mixed-use model to combine the likes of hospitals, schools, retail, office, hospitality and residential elements, thus creating an integrated environment for people to work, play and live holistically and sustainably. Such approaches to fully optimise land space have influenced other projects in terms of scale and master planning, driving our progress on the global front. Our journey into Indonesia has also been fruitful, with the tireless commitment and effort of Wu Tzu Chiang, Dadi Surya and Rida Sobana in achieving an in-depth understanding of the locals’ needs and lifestyles, as well as strengthening relations with our partners. With resources as a group of companies offering integrated design solutions, we continue to dedicate ourselves to Indonesia and make in-roads even beyond the architectural field. For instance, our interior design arm DP Design was behind the recent interior work for the first flagship cinema of Cinemaxx, Indonesia’s newest cinema chain. With that, we hope to expand the opportunities available in Indonesia to offer a more comprehensive range of services while ensuring the expeditious delivery of our projects.
The latest happenings in DP
A+U devotes issue to Singapore Sports Hub
Short takes on new & notable projects
01 La Vie 02 TCC Batavia Tower 2 03 Supermall Pakuwon Indah Extension 04 Mangkuluhur City 05 Uttara The Icon 06 Tunjungan Plaza 6 07 Manado Bay 08 Kupang Mixed Development 09 Siloam Hospitals 10 Alam Sutera Residences 11 The St Moritz Makassar 12 Lebak Bulus – The Arena
Kemang Village Trans Studio Bandung Complex Ciputra World Surabaya Millennium Village
IN FOCUS Sustainable design
The Energy Audit Process
Awards & events
We hope you will enjoy reading this issue of Design in Print, which features some of our most significant mixed-use developments in Indonesia. Francis Lee Chief Executive Officer, DP Architects
Multiple wins at BCA Awards 2015 DPA bags accolades at SG Mark Awards 2015 Urban planners featured at SingaPlural 2015 Official opening of SUTD DPA shares design behind SEA Games Cauldron
Chan Hui Min Nartano Lim
Interview with Wu Tzu Chiang, Dadi Surya, Rida Sobana & Gani Wijoyo Graphics
Bonnie Oeni Leanne Lim Leong Wei Lin
DESIGN IN PRINT TEAM
Celebration of past projects
Senayan City, 2006
Loh Yew Cheng Lee Hui Yee Fu Tingting
Additional contributors: Domenica Tan, Felicia Toh, Jackie Poh, Jolene Limuco, Lee Boon Woei & Pocholo Mauricio
Cover image: Millennium Village
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A+U devotes issue to
Singapore Sports Hub Asia’s first integrated sports, leisure, entertainment and lifestyle destination Singapore Sports Hub goes under the microscope for the June issue of A+U, an internationally esteemed Japanese architecture magazine. Through intimate interviews with the operations and design team, architectural essays, photos and drawings, A+U reveals in depth the long and rewarding processes that took place in birthing a national sporting and lifestyle icon. Chronicling a journey that covers planning, conception and execution, readers will understand how the Sports Hub is designed for sustainability and long-term legacy usage – unconventional in the way it caters to both elite sports as well as everyday public participation.
Short takes on new & notable projects
TCC Batavia Tower 2 Indonesia
La Vie comprises two 32-storey residential towers tucked away in Denpasar Street, within the Kuningan Central Business District of Jakarta. Designed for high-end luxury living and sophisticated urbanites, the towers – Suite Alee and Suite Porte – are delicately designed in a clean linear language to create a modern and timeless look. Comprising two and three-bedroom apartments, Suite Alee houses 118 of the larger suites, including two penthouse suites, while Suite Porte houses 182 smaller suites, an indoor sky pool and gym. Due to the many different suite configurations, the layout demanded a delicate balance between form and function. The two towers are laid out on a systematic rectilinear grid on an irregular site, allowing for porosity and views of the scenic landscaping from every apartment suite, which are predominantly north-south facing. With a ceiling height of 3.6m, premium amenities and finishings, each suite is designed to provide a spacious ambience and plush comfort.
Located in the heart of Jakarta as part of The City Center Development (TCC), this 54-storey commercial tower contains the flagship headquarters for a bank. As the later of two office towers within the development, the design of TCC Batavia Tower 2 mindfully incorporates a similar layered façade found in TCC Batavia Tower 1. The building form is inspired by the Chinese character 川 (chuan), meaning river. Like the river, the tower aspires to become the central confluence of various movement streams in the city that bring people together. The tower slopes upwards in a gradual curve from the ground to the peak, offering large floor plates for office, F&B and retail tenants from the first to the third storey. Clear full-height glass facing the main street allows for views inside and outside, showcasing the tower as a lively and people-oriented space filled with activity.
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Supermall Pakuwon Indah Extension Indonesia
This extension aims to seamlessly integrate additional lifestyle developments with the existing Supermall Pakuwon Indah, such as residential towers, a hotel and a new shopping mall extension. Design enhancements include an LED screen around the circular drum entrance of the existing Supermall and a dynamic canvas for future media walls or green walls. Selected strata shops at the Supermall also come with an updated orthogonal frontage, ‘punched out’ as random boxes to reflect each shop’s individuality. The linearity of the façade is diffused by an additional curvilinear façade that wraps around the mall extension. Tied to the old mall, the new mall also features a wavy organic glass and aluminium form and grand canopy shaped to evoke the rippling effect of a dancing ribbon. Luxuriant, landscaped green veils add soothing visual points for users within the built development, while a circular multipurpose hall, designed as an illuminated jewel, sits above the mall podium, overlooking the beautiful city view.
Mangkuluhur City Indonesia
Mangkuluhur City is a mixed-use development at the Semanggi Interchange in Jakarta, divided into three distinct zones – hospitality, office and residential. A central ‘oasis’ was introduced as a communal space to encourage movement between zones, with a nodal concentration of activities at the heart of the development. With direct linkages to Grade A offices, a five-star hotel reception and a plethora of F&B, fitness and retail facilities for everyday needs, it is an ideal hangout for residents, office executives and hotel guests. The large-scale ‘oasis’ is inspired by yin and yang elements and consists of an elliptical water feature and lush garden shaped to complement it, offering respite amid a built-up environment surrounded by the busiest roads in Jakarta. Cradling the ‘oasis’, the retail podium is intricately articulated, with part of its façade turned into a hive-like feature wall made of trellises in a dark brown finish.
Tunjungan Plaza 6
Uttara The Icon Indonesia
Located in Yogyakarta, a historical city known as a centre of academia and appreciation of classical Javanese fine arts, this development consists of 374 apartment units and a shop. The building uniquely embodies Yogyakarta’s character as a city where traditional and modern values harmoniously co-exist. Applying this characteristic of duality to the project, the architects sought to portray traditional elements with solid textures, and modernity with clean and transparent elements. The south-facing façade incorporates balconies, engraved panels and diagonal fins on railings that reinterpret Indonesian ‘Parang Rusak’ batik fabric motifs, while the north-facing façade is composed of clear glass. The contrasting façades are also inspired by Indonesia’s traditional shadow puppet theatre, wayang kulit, which involves inverse spaces – with clean silhouettes taking the front stage, here signified by the clean north-facing façade; and backstage buzz and activity by performers, here signified by the textured south-facing façade.
Located in the heart of Surabaya, Tunjungan Plaza 6 is the latest addition to the Superblock Tunjungan City mixed-use development, consisting of a retail podium extension, apartment and office tower. Conceived as a garden gateway, this ‘secret garden’ features lush, cascading greenery and F&B terraces that create a surprising and intimate sense of arrival for the new mall. The narrow site and high density of the development posed challenges for vehicular access, while the frontage of the building had to be maximised. In order to unify the different components of the mall, the façade features a continuous, wave-like ribbon that wraps over the existing façade to create a characteristic architectural language for the development. The existing roundabout servicing Sheraton Hotel and Regency Apartments Tower becomes the new focal point and lynchpin of the master plan.
Manado Bay Indonesia
Nestled within the city centre of Manado and overlooking the Bunaken Marine Park, Manado Bay is a 6ha master plan designed to transform an abandoned construction site into a state-of-the-art waterfront city. Phase 1 of the development, which occupies a site area of 2.2ha, consists of a 93,000sqm retail mall, a hotel, a hospital, a school, a ballroom, a wedding chapel, government offices and three residential towers. A two-storey retail bridge connects the main podium to the existing four-star hotel and hospital across the main road, and forms a gateway to this development. High-rise towers are designed to line two curves that sweep dramatically from the dense urban fabric, opening up towards Manado Cove. Echoing the undulating coastline, the promenade serves as a vibrant activity spine enhanced by the adjacent, terraced retail podium which boasts an array of restaurants and al fresco dining options that enjoy breathtaking views of the sea. DP 03
Kupang Mixed Development Indonesia With a GFA of 175,000sqm, this project aims to become an urban generator, retail landmark and well-integrated destination for Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara, comprising retail, commercial, hospitality, education and healthcare elements. To be built on a contoured site measuring 377m in length, with a vast height difference of 12m between the north and south sides and the architects responded to the challenge by situating the four-storey office and retail podium to the west, ‘stacking’ it to follow the sloping contours of the site. To the east,
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the ballroom and convention centre as well as the four-storey 600-bed hospital equally respond to sloping contours, with the latter connected to the retail podium through a covered pedestrian walkway. Towards the south, facing the primary road, Jalan El Tari II, is where the eight-storey hotel and five-storey school are found, with the school located above the commercial podium. The façade is inspired by local textures and patterns, and the canopy below the façade acts as a ribbon unifying each component into one integrated development.
Indonesia’s health insurance scheme is expected to become the world’s largest, with its entire population of around 250 million covered by 2019. To meet this exponential growth in healthcare demand over the next few years, the country aims to build approximately 1,200 new hospitals, bringing its total to 3,500. This has created a tremendous opportunity for DP Healthcare (DPH), a subsidiary of DP Architects (DPA). Working closely with DPA, which is responsible for the overall master planning and architecture of the firm’s mixed-use projects in Indonesia, DPH has since been involved in the planning and design of nine healthcare projects in the country, which will provide approximately 3,500 beds in Jakarta, the regions of Maluku, Makassar, Tangerang, Medan as well as East, West and Central Java. The projects share a unique characteristic – they are integrated within mixeduse developments, where retail, hotel, residential and multi-storey parking
facilities are combined with medical components under one roof. These disparate uses create competition for prime spaces, resulting in distinctive stacking models and adjacencies to satisfy the operational and safety requirements of different users. DPH develops new hospital typologies based on the specific natures of public and private patient interfacing, carefully tailoring its designs to fit the local context and culture. In fact, for the next four years, DPH has been engaged to develop medical planning schemes for more than 20 projects in Indonesia, now one of its key overseas markets. Through a close working relationship with its clients, DPH aims to move forward in developing quality medical environments to facilitate Jakarta’s thrust in providing universal healthcare for its citizens as well as catering for the demand for high-end healthcare services, not only in Jakarta but also the entire country.
11 mixed development
The St Moritz Makassar Indonesia
Alam Sutera Residences Indonesia
Alam Sutera Residences in Tangerang comprises four apartment towers with lifestyle amenities. Spanning two plots of land, each plot contains two residential towers atop a two-storey retail and F&B podium, dynamically designed with curved edges. One 37-storey tower is made up of one and two-bedroom apartments, while the other 41-storey tower consists of three-bedroom homes. For a sense of lightness, the towers are lifted a few storeys above the podium so that they ‘float’ to maximise visibility and circulation at the lower levels. The deck is richly landscaped with greenery and contains recreational facilities. For a contemporary look, the full-height glass façade is deliberately composed of geometrical elements, with exposed cuboid frames, patterned window screens and open balconies at the building’s corners, allowing in natural light and wind. The towers are rotated about 45 degrees to minimise exposure to the western sun, while allowing for unobstructed views on both fronts – with beautiful sunset views in the west and the vibrant city skyline in the east. mixed development
The St Moritz Makassar integrates over 12 programmes coherently within a single development in the city of Makassar, with spaces for retail, healthcare and wellness, hospitality, education, residential, commercial, leisure, religious worship and sports. The design seeks to maintain a simple yet vibrant language that will tie the entire development together with extended canopies to welcome residents. Underpinned by the concept of flexibility, apartments are designed to be modular, enabling buyers to purchase and combine adjacent units for additional space if needed. The apartments sit atop a podium and provide commanding views of the city and Losari beach. When completed, the signature 50-storey residential and hospitality tower, situated at the most prominent corner of the development, will be one of the biggest and tallest developments in Makassar.
Lebak Bulus – The Arena Indonesia
Conceived as a mixed development and integrated transport hub, it will act as a vibrant regional gateway to the city. With retail and commercial programmes alongside the future MRT and bus terminals, it will spearhead interconnected pedestrian-centric, transport-oriented developments in Indonesia. This will be the first node of many in Jakarta’s new transit network, which will enable it to become a pedestrian-friendly city. Inspired by the vortex, The Arena amalgamates the concept of ‘work, live, play’ and nature within one development. Connectivity is brought to the human scale, with elevated green pedestrian walks that reduce reliance on personal vehicles and provide green elements within a built-up environment. The mall, public plaza, office, hotel and residential towers create a striking presence, embodying urban principles within a suburban fabric. This project aims to establish a new frame of reference for future regional transport hubs. DP 05
THE GOAL WAS TO CREATE AN INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENT THAT IS SENSITIVE TO THE EXISTING ENVIRONMENT, WHILE CREATING A BEAUTIFUL SPACE FOR RESIDENTS TO ENJOY THE GREAT OUTDOORS
KEMANG VILLAGE AN OASIS IN THE CITY
AREA: 359,000 SQM
Anti-clockwise from left: The sleek entrance to Kemang Village Mall. Residences are surrounded by gardens and tranquil pools for a healthy, green living environment. The mall interior is inspired by the lines, patterns and
By Jolene Limuco
colours of flora in a modern interpretation of nature.
Spread over ten hectares, Kemang Village is a large-scale mixed-use development located in the upmarket district of Kemang in South Jakarta. The integrated development, positioned in a lushly landscaped precinct, is set to revitalise an area that is fast becoming a prestigious and sought-after commercial and residential zone. The site is divided into two plots: Kemang Village Residences, which comprises four residential towers of varying heights up to 43 storeys, and a mixed-use plot, which comprises a hotel, a school and three apartment towers above a retail podium. The buildings are thoughtfully arranged to maximise distances between them and provide unobstructed views of the surroundings. Even as the project adds vibrancy and buzz to Kemang, the developer was keen to retain the sylvan charm of the neighbourhood. As the development is located in the last big plot of green in the area, careful steps were taken to preserve
as much greenery as possible. The goal was to create an integrated development that respects the existing environment, while creating a beautiful space for residents to enjoy the great outdoors with lush gardens and tranquil pools punctuating the landscape. Only 31 per cent of the site is utilised out of the 35 per cent allocated, with the remaining land channelled into creating open spaces for the public. More than 2,000 new trees were also introduced to retain the green characteristic of the area. As the area is flood-prone, a flood control system comprising a water retention pond was installed in the basement to mitigate the problem; this was complemented by a comprehensive water treatment system that recycles rainwater for use in the entire development. To extend the plaza visually, bollards and potted plants are used to replace the typical kerb design on the pavements. The use of a
cobblestone finish on the pedestrian driveway seeks to slow down the vehicular traffic along the internal circuits. In addition, wide sidewalks are lined with ledges and balconies to encourage activities along the street. The result is a lively retail and F&B street faĂ§ade that echoes the neighbourhoodâ€™s residential character, with seamless sheltered walkways that connect the exterior and interior. These details were considered in designing the public plazas to retain the festive feel of street life in Kemang and enhance the quality of the development. With conscious efforts made to preserve the lush green environment that has defined the locale, coupled with elements that add muchneeded facilities to the area, Kemang Village is set to become the regional catalyst for future mixed-use developments that embrace sustainable and environmentally sensitive approaches in Jakarta and beyond.
Team Members: (Sitting left to right)
Wu Tzu Chiang,
Noer Ucen Hong &
(Standing left to right) Andria D Adiputra, Jeremias Kapitan,
TRANS STUDIO BANDUNG COMPLEX
By Leong Wei Lin
Trans Studio Theme Park
Trans Studio Mall
(Faรงade additions & alterations)
(Faรงade additions & alterations)
Mall Plaza Gateway Canopy
Located in Central Bandung along Jalan Gatot Subroto, the Trans Studio Bandung Complex is an integrated lifestyle entertainment hub composing of a mall, two hotel towers and a theme park connected to the western end of the mall. As part of the upgrade and expansion project, the existing Trans Studio Mall underwent overall faรงade improvements with updated entrances and strategic linkages to the new developments within the site.
(Sitting left to right)
Noer Ucen Hong,
Wu Tzu Chiang,
Yuriza Oktavialdy, Pulvy Iskandar,
(Standing left to right)
Raymond Purwanto &
(The Trans Luxury Hotel & IBIS Hotel)
The design approach for the mall upgrading and two new hotels placed great importance on the creation of cohesive connections between the different elements of the development. The orientation of the six-star The Trans Luxury Hotel is such that the hotel overlooks the adjacent open plaza, maximising views facing the theme park,
THE LUXURY HOTEL STANDS OUT WITH ITS BRONZE-TINTED REFLECTIVE GLASS CLADDING AND ELABORATELY DESIGNED LOBBY Top: Element diagram showing the integrated components within the complex. Facing page: Different elements of the development are connected together, while the design of the hotel sets it apart as a definitive icon.
AREA: 43,000 SQM
THE NEW DEVELOPMENTS AND IMPROVEMENTS TO EXISTING FACILITIES DEMONSTRATE SENSITIVITY TO THE SITE CONTEXT AND USER NEEDS the landscaped grounds as well as Mount Tangkuban Perahu in the distance. Due to the intentional massing design of the hotel blocks, a natural public pedestrian linkway leading to the plaza was created. The hotel’s grand ballroom is situated on the mall’s existing roof, transforming the roof deck into a semi-public outdoor landscaped extension of the pre-function area. There is also a new F&B belt along the perimeter of the mall which creates a vibrant stretch of lively activity as visitors walk between the hotel and theme park. The luxury hotel, while being part of a cohesive development, successfully depicts a strong sense of individuality with its bronze-tinted reflective glass cladding, setting it apart from the adjacent IBIS Hotel. The main lobby of the hotel was designed with grandeur in mind – the ceiling of the porte-cochère features an elaborate design, with intricate laser-cut patterns at the column claddings.
Top: These stylish new hotels are part of the updated Trans Studio Bandung Complex, an integrated lifestyle entertainment hub comprising a mall, two hotels and a theme park. Right: The main vehicular drop-off was conceived as a dynamic folding plane in striking red aluminium cladding to draw attention from the main road.
The new hotel developments and improvements to existing facilities demonstrate sensitivity to the site context and user needs. As Bandung typically experiences cooler year-round temperatures as compared to other Indonesian cities, the mall’s existing open plaza has become a popular location for outdoor concerts and events. To enhance the user’s experience and offer greater comfort, a large elliptical ETFE canopy spanning 1,000sqm was introduced to shelter the plaza
and the 12m clear height allows for pleasant daylighting and natural ventilation. The upgrade and expansion project serves to inject new life into the area, attracting families, tourists and locals alike to enjoy the public spaces as well as bringing greater pedestrian traffic to the mall. On the other spectrum, set amid the landscaped grounds, the hotel stands as an exclusive and definitive icon within the neighbourhood.
WITH ITS COHESIVE CONNECTIONS AND PUBLIC SPACES, THE PROJECT SERVES TO INJECT NEW LIFE, ATTRACTING FAMILIES, TOURISTS AND LOCALS
Top: With the inclusion of a grand ballroom on the mall’s existing roof, the roof deck is transformed into a semi-public outdoor landscaped extension. Left: The large elliptical ETFE canopy, which spans 1,000sqm to shelter the popular outdoor plaza.
CIPUTRA WORLD SURABAYA FLUID AMALGAMATION By Domenica Tan
Serving as a catalyst towards the city’s progress, Ciputra World Surabaya is a master plan project covering an area of 571,000sqm. The project comprises a five-storey retail podium, six residential towers, two SOHO towers, two office towers, a three-star hotel and a condo hotel located in Surabaya, Indonesia’s second-largest city and the capital of the province of East Java. The design concept is inspired by Surabaya’s strong maritime heritage as an important port in central Indonesia, and features curvilinear geometries reminiscent of the sails of nautical ships. The curves help create a unified effect due to the fluidity of its form, thereby allowing flexibility to the construction and design process. The project is divided into five
phases – Phase 1 has been completed, Phase 2 is under construction and Phase 3 is in schematic design, while Phases 4 and 5 have yet to commence. At an urban scale, Ciputra World Surabaya poses challenges with regards to high density, traffic, edge treatment and planning. The project therefore requires a highly complex traffic dispersal strategy. The edges of the building were softened by peeling back the façade and designating a park in the front of the mall flanking the prominent Jalan Mayjen Sungkono. In addition, sky gardens which are accessible 24 hours a day activate the roof scape and extend the park onto the mall podium. The master plan strategy provides flexibility for expansion, responding to programmatic changes and future land acquisitions.
Above: The essence of fluidity and movement is captured by the creative interplay of curvilinear shapes and forms. Left: Sketch plan and elevation of phasing and mixed-use components within the master plan.
ANCHORED BY SURABAYA’S STRONG MARITIME HERITAGE, THE DESIGN CONCEPT FEATURES FLUID CURVES THAT DRAW REFERENCE TO THE SAILS OF NAUTICAL SHIPS AND CREATE A UNIFIED EFFECT
AREA: 178,000 SQM (PHASE 1)
Team members in ‘Studio Surya’ which contributed to the Ciputra World Surabaya project.
Above: The master plan provides flexibility for expansion in future phases. Below: The mallâ€™s interior is conceived in layers, with sweeping curves and shapes that reflect the nautical theme.
Phase 1 saw the completion in 2010 of Ciputra Mall and two apartment towers which total 178,000sqm in size. As the first of a fivephase master plan, the design considered the challenges of an evolving site as well as the possibilities it has to respond to in future phases. Strategically located in the northwest corner of the site at the intersection between Jalan Mayjen Sungkono and Jalan Raya Kris Kencana, the site is planned for future eastward expansion. The faĂ§ade and interior of the mall are arranged in layers, with curves and shapes that add fluidity to the architectural language, while reflecting the overall nautical theme. This interplay of dynamic forms accentuates the iconic approach towards the design of the mall, flowing into the rest of the development. An elliptical atrium serves as the focal point adjacent to the main entrance. Generous secondary atriums increase visibility for anchor
THE INTERPLAY OF DYNAMIC FORMS ACCENTUATES THE ICONIC APPROACH TOWARDS THE DESIGN OF THE MALL, FLOWING INTO THE REST OF THE DEVELOPMENT tenants, maximising exposure of retail spaces on the interior. From the exterior, there is significant exposure along the main road. The circulation of the mall forms a continuous loop and is also designed to allow connections to the future expansion. In addition, an escalator strategically positioned at the front of the project allows visitors direct 24hour access to food and beverage outlets and the cinema at the top floor, activatng the roof deck throughout the day and night.
AREA: 57,500 SQM (PHASE 2)
MORPHOLOGY OF EFFICIENCY Covering an area of 57,500sqm, Phase 2 features an integrated apartment and SOHO tower built above an extension of the multistorey car park from Phase 1. Works began in 2013 and are currently undergoing construction. A maximum building height imposed on the linear Phase 2 site posed challenges to the design of the building – which will accommodate 216 apartment units, 136 SOHO units and multi-storey car parking to support the future mall extension. As such, the towers are designed alongside each other to maximise layout and structural efficiency on the car park and unit plans. Some apartment units offer residents the unique luxury of an outdoor deck extending from the master bedroom. These sky decks not only
keep the towers at a comfortable distance from one another, but their positioning – five storeys and three storeys apart for the apartment and SOHO towers respectively – also satisfy seismic requirements of having a structural slab connection between the two towers as a strengthening brace. Façade treatments differentiate the two towers while remaining coherent when viewed as a whole. The apartment tower features tapered horizontal fins in contrast to the vertical and gridded aesthetic of the slimmer SOHO tower that expresses its modular layout. Both towers have vertical concrete walls that form portals framing the façades. These concrete frames, coupled with the sky decks, tie the two towers together to complete a visually coherent overall look.
Below left: Strategically positioned sky decks and vertical concrete frames on the façade create a visually coherent look for the apartment and SOHO blocks. Below right: Elevations showing the contrasting façade treatments that differentiate the two towers.
SCULPTURALLY REFINED Phase 3 will involve an expansion of Ciputra Mall. When completed, it will offer 155,000sqm of retail space and will consist of a five-storey retail podium extension, a 22-storey office tower, a 23-storey SOHO tower, and a 15-storey three-star hotel. The new retail podium extension and office tower will occupy the most prominent northern end of the site, giving it maximum exposure and frontage along the main street. The rising elliptical office tower is aimed at being a distinct icon in the skyline. In line with the original master plan and inspired by a garden concept, open spaces and natural elements are incorporated into the design. The main public park on the ground floor fronting the mall is perceived as a green oasis and creates a sense of physical and visual openness, offering spatial relief among the highly dense surroundings. Internally, the retail mall’s circulation is designed as a dynamic loop that accommodates smooth visitor flow and traffic, allowing visitors to continuously experience various spaces within the mall. Externally, the façade design is consistent with the garden concept while complementing
the iconic sail-like design of the preceding development. By extending these details to the new extension, the design of the exterior gradually transforms into undulating and overlapping waves of glass and aluminium cladding, with layers of terracing greenery. The result is a holistic and integrated look that expresses a smooth transition from the existing podium to its new extension. Attached to the podium façade, a sculptural ‘cloud canopy’ hovers over and shelters the public park below. Slated to be the biggest sculptural landscape feature in Surabaya, the structure will become the signature and unifying feature for Ciputra World Surabaya.
Top: The public park is a tranquil green oasis that offers relief within the dense urban surroundings. Right: Diagram of the sculptural ‘cloud canopy’ feature which creates a sense of distinct identity and presence for the development.
AREA: 166,000 SQM (PHASE 3)
Above: Hanging gardens in the atrium create a lively and inviting public space, contributing to a rich spatial experience for visitors. Left: Diagram showing how a garden concept is introduced to the retail podium by infusing open spaces and natural elements into the design.
THE FAĂ‡ADE TRANSFORMS INTO UNDULATING WAVES OF GLASS AND ALUMINIUM WITH LAYERS OF TERRACING GREENERY
MILLENNIUM VILLAGE ELEVATING THE PEDESTRIAN EXPERIENCE By Felicia Toh
(Sitting left to right)
Wu Tzu Chiang,
Binh K Wong, Jennifer Fiona &
(Standing left to right)
Andria D Adiputra, Elaine Wong,
Absent from photo:
Occasionally, the practice of architecture presents the opportunity to transform entire landscapes. The vision of a place seeds the power to influence whole communities, germinating into cultural ecosystems that affect the lives of hundreds of inhabitants. The Millennium Village in Karawaci, Indonesia – 25 minutes away from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta – illustrates one such opportunity. As the first phase of an extensive master plan for 137 hectares of land, a plot size equivalent to almost 260 football fields, Millennium Village showcases Lippo Village Central’s aspirations for progressive development. It occupies a gross floor area totalling over 1 million sqm. The master plan for Lippo Village Central occupies three broad zones. Zone 1 is the
cultural and business district, earmarked for premium-grade office towers supported by cultural shopping amenities. Zone 2 consists of mixed-use retail and apartments overlooking a verdant golf course. Zone 3 is demarcated as an exciting lifestyle destination, replete with retail, residential and public facilities such as office space, hotels, serviced apartments, convention centres, an art museum, clubhouse, school and university complex with facilities and accommodation for students and teachers, adjacent to the future Siloam Medical City. This third zone was named Millennium Village, in a nod to its inspiration as a city of the future within the region.
SITE AREA: 13 HA
sustainability and landscaping were integrated within the planning considerations – creating a city with comprehensive networks that could adapt to a multitude of environmental conditions. In a city challenged by congestion, dense traffic conditions and limited pedestrian crossings, the overarching strategy was to lift up the land, creating a breathing plane conducive to pedestrians. The architects designed an elevated landscape deck, the Millennium Sky Park, which fulfilled multiple functions.
Top: As the first phase of the
True to form as a forward-looking destination, environmental planning was key in every stage of the design process. Transportation, infrastructure, pedestrian connections, flood control measures,
master plan, Millennium Village integrates a multitude of facilities that promise a vibrant lifestyle destination for its occupants.
campus programmes. The landscape podium acts as a compact spine for the university, connecting to study spaces and classroom clusters. Secondly, tucked under the green deck is an extensive retail experience totalling 150,000sqm. Efficient planning of space below translates into fewer retail levels, with a shorter travel distance between them, allowing shoppers to have convenient access to the galore of retail options. In addition, the main frontage opens up to a 300m stretch of pedestrian mall housing F&B and event spaces. Thirdly, dense landscaping provides ample views for residents in the apartment blocks, which are strategically situated to allow cross-ventilation and oriented to eschew any overlooking issues.
Above: Sketch of Millennium Village showing how the university sport facilities on the deck are woven seamlessly into the landscape. Below left: Efficient planning of space in the retail podium allows an extensive and convenient shopping experience.
Firstly, it provided common ground for the intersection of various groups: apartment residents, mall visitors, office executives and students. Rising from the deck is the new Pelita Harapan University, housing world-class sport facilities like an Olympicsized pool, a football field and a 400m running track. Two levels of the university merge with the deck topography, easing the flow of space within the
The deck played host to a spread of architectural and spatial intentions. With supports for canopies and towers formed of slim pilotis, a sense of openness is generated throughout the deck. All the requisite university sport facilities were efficiently weaved into the deck without compromising on usersâ€™ privacy while reducing noise disturbance. A long jogging track connects each sporting amenity seamlessly. Crowning the landscape deck at its beginning and tail ends are the organic forms of the floating grand chapel and family club.
Left: The retail podium, which houses more than 250 shops including three department stores and various major anchors, opens up to a 300m pedestrian retail corridor. Below right: The landscape sky deck acts as a compact spine for the new university, connecting to study spaces and classroom clusters.
THE OVERARCHING STRATEGY WAS TO LIFT UP THE LAND, CREATING A BREATHING PLANE THAT IS CONDUCIVE TO PEDESTRIANS Despite the expansive scale of the development, care was taken to humanise the proportions and spaces to create a user-friendly environment. Dedicated drop-offs were designated for the mall, residences, university and convention centres. A generous oval-shaped atrium lets sunlight flood the universityâ€™s main drop-off area during the day. Throughout the architecture, spaces are choreographed to invite freedom of exploration without dwarfing or overwhelming the occupants. Architectural theorists have long advocated the importance of diversity and overlapping programmes in the production of vibrant cities. It is hoped that the layering of these holistically designed and diverse programmes in Millennium Village will engender transformation in the quality of public spaces in Tangerang, Indonesia, and beyond. DP 21
The Energy Audit Process By Lee Boon Woei
Number of Passengers to Ferry
Most Cost-efficient Option
In an energy audit, deciding which M&E system is the most optimal in utilising energy is similar to deciding which mode of transport is most cost-efficient for ferrying passengers.
Sustainable design takes on a different perspective in the rapidly urbanised parts of Indonesia. As land values and prices rise in these places, developers maximise land use by developing more mixed-use projects on a mega scale. To support future changes in operating requirements and accommodate needs yet to be determined, M&E engineers usually equip mixed-use buildings with M&E systems that have sufficient buffer and flexibility. However, when handing over the facilities to the building owners, the M&E engineers may not have conveyed the full design intent of the system. As a result, owners may not be operating the systems optimally, resulting in missed opportunities to harness the efficiency of modern machines. The pragmatic solution is to conduct an energy audit of the completed and fully operational facility. This involves a detailed review of the energy performance of the existing plants and is based on measurements and observations of actual energy use, benchmarked against industry standards. The ultimate goal is to reduce energy consumption, translating into tangible utility savings for building owners as well. A typical energy audit process is accomplished over three progressive levels. Owners can choose which phase of audit suits them depending on the plant efficiency and resources available like budget and time. At the end of the audit process, the building owner will receive an updated operating manual on how to run the audited M&E systems to cater for various needs or conditions, in order to optimise use.
Determining the optimal M&E system to utilise energy to run the services for the building operations can be likened to the analogy of deciding which mode of transport is most cost-efficient when ferrying a certain number of passengers from point A to point B. For instance, if only two passengers need to be ferried to their destination, it may be more cost-efficient to use a motorcycle rather than a van or bus.
THE PROCESS Level 1: Preliminary Using industry benchmarks, the energy auditor assesses the current energy performance of the facility including heating, cooling, ventilation systems, electrical and plumbing, lighting and insulation, in preparation for the next phase of audit. Level 2: Standard The auditor conducts a site investigation of the facility to identify energy savings opportunities that are simple and easy to implement and recommends low-cost measures to fine-tune the operations. At this stage, the auditor may use energy meters and data loggers like temperature and power sensors to track the energy consumption of the systems. An example of a low-cost measure would be to set up an energy management procedure that outlines how the buildingâ€™s existing airconditioning system should be operated, such as adjusting the air-conditioning set-point to maintain comfortable internal temperatures that match the occupancy load.
This procedure should have been implemented right at the start during the handover, however as the building is usually not fully occupied yet, the design consultant is unable to determine the occupancy load to set up the procedure. By the time the building is occupied, the consultant would have long fulfilled his role and would not be available to help the owners out in properly setting up an energy management procedure. Level 3: Comprehensive Based on the data collected in stage 2, the auditor proceeds to conduct a more detailed analysis for systems that offer potentially good returns. Following this, he makes thorough recommendations for improvement works that can achieve long-term energy savings. An example of a recommendation would be a complete overhaul of the buildingâ€™s central air-conditioning system. Over the past 10 to 15 years, there has been a significant advancement in the energy efficiency of major building equipment, allowing building owners to replace their technologically obsolete equipment with energy-efficient ones that make more economical sense. The comprehensive proposal is also accompanied by the estimated costs of implementation, energy savings and projected return on investment. The columnist is the director of DP Sustainable Design (DPSD), a subsidiary firm of DP Architects that specialises in environmentally sustainable design.
Awards & events
DPA bags accolades for good design at
SG Mark Awards 2015
Multiple wins at
BCA Awards 2015
Two DPA-designed projects received accolades at the second annual Singapore Good Design Mark (SG Mark) Awards, held at Marina Bay Sands on 14 March 2015. Given out by the Design Business Chamber of Singapore, the awards reward designs that promote business competitiveness and growth. The SG Mark Gold Award was awarded to the Novena Lifestyle and Medical Hub, which comprises Square 2, Novena Medical Center, Oasia Hotel and Novena Specialist Center, fusing healthcare facilities with the convenience of MRT, retail and hospitality options. DPA was also presented with the SG Mark Award for Orchard Central, the first high-rise shopping mall along Singapore’s Orchard Road. The mall was commended for using an external circulatory system and outdoor programming to provide a visitor experience that starts from the street.
In a strong showing at the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) Awards this year, DPA was conferred two distinguished awards – the Built Environment Leadership (BEL) Gold Class Award for demonstrating excellence and leadership in shaping a sustainable built environment and the Building Information Modelling (BIM) Gold Award for its adoption of good BIM policies and practices to deliver BIM products and services consistently. DPA further garnered multiple awards which recognise performance excellence for buildings in terms of safety, quality, sustainability, userfriendliness as well as design excellence. The ceremony took place on 14 May 2015 at Resorts World Sentosa, Compass Ballroom.
Urban planners featured at
SingaPlural 2015 DPA’s urban planners were featured in the Singapore Institute of Planners’ multimedia exhibition, HIGH PERFORMANCE: Singapore City Planners Exhibit. The exhibition highlighted the invaluable contributions by Singapore’s urban planners and was held as part of Singapore Design Week’s SingaPlural 2015 from 10 to 16 March 2015, showcasing the best of Singapore’s creative scene. In a video interview, DPA’s urban planning team spoke at length about the firm’s philosophies and strategies, as well as how they have shaped Singapore’s master plans and created futurefocused urban solutions that are now models for the developing world.
DPA director Suneeth Changaroth receives the BEL Gold Class Award for DPA’s excellence and leadership in design practices. Photo courtesy of Building & Construction Authority.
Opening of SUTD Singapore’s fourth public university
The new East Coast campus for Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) was officially opened on 8 May 2015. As the academic plot was designed by DPA in partnership with UNStudio, DPA director Jeremy Tan and his team lent their support at the opening ceremony, officiated by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and attended by Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong and Education Minister Heng Swee Keat. DPA also supported the SUTD Open House on 7 and 8 March, when directors Jeremy Tan, Seah Chee Huang and senior associate Woon Chung Yen shared with potential undergraduates their thoughts on SUTD students, as well as prospects of the architectural profession and requirements, as part of industry talks with SUTD President, Professor Thomas Magnanti.
DPA founder Koh Seow Chuan (sixth from right) with director Jeremy Tan (fifth from right) and the project teams from UNStudio and DPA at the opening ceremony.
DPA shares design behind
SEA Games Cauldron At a briefing involving the Singapore Southeast Asian Games Organising Committee and local media on 6 May, DPA director Seah Chee Huang spoke at length about the 28th SEA Games cauldron, publicly revealed at the Singapore Sports Hub together with the torch parade route. Located at the waterfront so that it would be publicly accessible, the 19.2m-tall cauldron is an elegant sculptural piece embodying the thematic essence and primary design motif of the Games – the human DNA. Mr Seah explained that the motif was inspired by the connection of individuals, communities and countries in a unity of sporting aspirations. Made of stainless steel, it also comes with an LED mesh displaying information such as the time and weather during the Games.
Left: Featuring a DNA-inspired design, the cauldron is located at the waterfront at Singapore Sports Hub, allowing the public to get up close and personal with it.
“The content of architecture is never static. The possibilities for confluence are limitless!” – Dadi Surya
An interview with
Wu Tzu Chiang Dadi Surya Rida Sobana Gani Wijoyo
Interview by Leanne Lim
DPA directors Wu Tzu Chiang and Dadi Surya as well as director of Indonesia Rida Sobana have been instrumental in the firm’s expansion into Indonesia, and associate director Gani Wijoyo represents the next generation groomed to continue the reins of leadership. They share with Design in Print their insights on the evolving architectural scene in Indonesia, challenges faced and how the firm can continue to distinguish itself amid the competition. What do you love about being an architect? WTC: Being able to create spaces that people can use, appreciate and enjoy – places they can call a ‘second home’. Architecture is constantly evolving and encompasses every aspect of our lives, so being in this profession gives me a chance to help impact people’s environments.
DS: The content of architecture is never static. It is a multidisciplinary profession that engages with wide-ranging subjects and professions from science to humanities - arts, engineering, sociology and many more. The possibilities for confluence are limitless!
“Architecture should be designed for that particular time and place – it’s one way to make our design authentic.” – Rida Sobana
“To stay ahead of the game, it is important that we continue to innovate and push the boundaries of our designs.” – Wu Tzu Chiang
“Two decades of wisdom and knowledge will guide us in finding the best pragmatic solution to fit the various needs of each client.” – Gani Wijoyo
RS: In the field of architecture, the work itself is never routine. Be it designing for a large mixed-use development or a small boutique hotel, every single project is different and comes with its own set of unique challenges. There is no one-size-fits-all solution.
RS: I enjoy photography as a hobby – to me, it is a great tool to share your experiences, vision and ideas. I always imagine how I will photograph the building when it is completed, which helps me envision the best perspectives for my projects.
GW: To see designs turn into reality is very fulfilling; in fact, any kind of experience during the process can be very rewarding as you feel a sense of pride and accomplishment for something you have worked hard on, even if it is just a drawing. Architecture, to me, is more of a lifestyle than just a profession.
DP Architects has been involved in the design of many mixed-use developments in Indonesia. What are some unique challenges?
Are there any experiences or interests that have helped you in your work as an architect? DS: Alongside arts and architecture, I also took up computer science briefly at university. The combination of artistic intuition and logical approach to problem-solving allowed me to come up with design solutions which could be easily communicated, understood and appreciated by the general public as well as the client.
WTC: Mixed-use projects are often larger than single-use buildings and, due to their size, the designs are more complex. You have to deal with many issues like planning, addressing the needs of multiple tenants and implications on traffic which is heavily congested in cities like Jakarta. We are designing more mega-scale mixed-use projects which integrate schools, convention centres and even hospitals on top of the usual retail, offices, hotels and apartments. A key challenge is how to plan and compartmentalise these components within a dense development so that they achieve separate identities, yet remain complementary in terms of design language.
Often, compromises have to be made, and you must know how to strike a fine balance.
Having had the work experience on so many different projects in Indonesia, what are some of your key takeaways? WTC: We have a collaborative approach with the client, which means that the projects develop according to their input, our insights, the site context and the market demographics. We believe in the long-term, in-depth refinement of plans together with the client, rather than simply wowing them with nice aesthetics and visuals at the start. I always liken this client-architect working process to finding a dating partner – don’t just look at their appearance at first glance, you also have to look at their character (laughs). DS: Indonesia today is one of the world’s forerunners for mega-scale mixed-use typology and we have been very fortunate to have been part of this evolution since the early 1990s. Throughout our more than 20 years of experience in Indonesia, we have adopted a distinct way of addressing large mixed-use developments which
vision, passion, ambition and priorities in life. The grooming process is a long-term one that requires a huge investment of time and effort, and it is critical for the future leader to be equally invested in the process, with an eye on the same goal so that we avoid cultivating ‘reluctant leaders’. An ideal leader is also someone who understands the collective effort behind a good design – it’s not possible for you to single-handedly drive the whole process. Top architects excel because they are supported by great designers in their team.
They are more in tune with global standards and trends and therefore tend to have higher expectations for design and service delivery. GW: Having experienced the benefits of global exposure, this second generation of leaders are actively seeking skilled project managers and graduates from overseas, many of whom also have experience working abroad. These young tycoons constantly seek the X-factor and want more value out of their investment. It is increasingly becoming a challenge, especially with tougher competition from other international architecture firms entering the market.
can be summarised in the four key principles of urban regeneration, environmental sensitivity, social engagement and architectural identity. We believe a successful mixed-use development is an urban catalyst, responsive to climate, culture and context, engages the community through a vibrant mix of programmes and finally creates a distinct architectural identity for the people and the place. RS: Each city is different from the other – be it the culture, urban context, human behaviour and regulations. At the end of the day, architecture should be designed for that particular time and place. It’s one way to make our design authentic. You cannot simply pluck your design and put it in other cities – it will not be relevant.
DS: If we are not proactive, we will in time become obsolete. A way to counteract this is through the progressive renewal of leadership. It is crucial that we listen to the younger voices in the team and value their contributions in the design process. Combining the wisdom and experience of the ‘old’, with the refreshing and innovative input from the ‘young’, we can avoid the pitfalls of contentment which would only lead to repetitive design outcomes.
How do you intend to ensure this ‘progressive renewal of leadership’? WTC: The next batch of leaders has to exceed what the current batch has achieved. Throughout our two decades of experience in Indonesia, we have set the standards high, always putting our best foot forward. Currently, we come across team members who are adept and efficient at execution, but ideal leaders are strategic thinkers who see solutions at the heart of the problem.
In terms of design sophistication and expectations, Indonesia is evolving as a market. This is in part due to a growing number of second-generation tycoons who are stepping up to lead their businesses. How has this impacted DPA’s work?
DS: Effective teams are led by good leaders and eventually cultivate good leaders. Therefore, leadership and teamwork are inseparable. I believe the planning of succession begins with creating successful teams, where each and every member feels autonomous and motivated to excel and achieve their fullest potential. This creates a nurturing working environment for talented young architects from diverse backgrounds – the blueprint for sustainable leadership renewal.
DS: With the advent of globalisation and the digital age, today’s generation is more connected and exposed than ever before.
RS: Choosing the right talent is not always easy. Aside from talent in skills, you also need to choose the right group of people who share your
With more international renowned firms entering the market, how can we continue to differentiate ourselves from the rest of the competition? WTC: We’ve enjoyed quite a good amount of patronage from clients all these years and we have an affinity for Indonesia due to our longterm presence there. We must remember never to be complacent. To stay ahead of the game, it is important that we continue to innovate and push the boundaries of our designs. RS: Of course, being able to speak the same language as our Indonesian clients is always an added bonus when communicating. They find it easier and more comfortable relating to you, which makes discussions more open and efficient. GW: With more than two decades of experience in Indonesia, we have established an excellent understanding of the locals, culture, environment and developers’ working styles, and a proven track record of delivering what we have promised. This accumulated wisdom and knowledge will remain our advantage and guide us in finding the best pragmatic solution to fit the needs of each client.
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This mixed-use development in central Senayan incorporates an eight-storey, 120,000sqm shopping podium with three connected hotel, office and residential towers, forming a fully integrated complex for people to work, live and play. At its heart is a monumental civic space, a seven-storey retail atrium where shops and the movements of shoppers can be viewed at every level. Smaller scale design such as a sunken plaza, the first of its kind in Jakarta, counters urban congestion and introduces natural elements like a timber boardwalk and water features to filter noises of the city. Other meaningful features include a massive red high-heeled shoe designed to re-figure a column base supporting an escalator in the main atrium, now a recognisable element in the mall around which people gather. This project was significant in highlighting DP Architectsâ€™ context-driven and people-centric design solutions for the Indonesian community. Project Team: Wu Tzu Chiang, Dadi Surya, Rida Sobana, Bernard Tay and Vincentius Hermawan