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Urbanisation levels in Indonesia has increased tremendously with 56 percent of its population living in cities. Together with the ongoing push by the government towards developing smart cities as part of their 100 Smart City Movement, this has brought about an increased demand for smart buildings. According to Frost & Sullivan, smart and green buildings will comprise around 20 to 25 percent of Indonesia’s market by 2025. The growth in the elevator and escalator market in Indonesia is led by the residential and commercial markets in Jakarta together with an increasing number of mixed-use developments in other cities such as Surabaya, Makkasar and Batam. The opening ceremony for the KONE office was led by Mr H e n r i k E h r n r o o t h , Pr e s i d e n t & Chief Executive Officer, Mr Axel Berkling, Executive Vice President of KONE Asia Pacific and Mr Yandy Januar, Managing Director of KONE Indonesia along with Guest of Honour, Mr Jari Sinkari, Ambassador of Finland to Indonesia. Mr Berkling, Executive Vice President of KONE Asia Pacific said, “I’d like to express my heartfelt congratulations to our Indonesian colleagues on the opening of their new state-of-the-art office in Jakarta. We are proud of the tremendous growth and success KONE has achieved in both Indonesia and the wider APA region and reaffirm our commitment through our ongoing investment into the region to better service our customers.” “Indonesia mirrors the regional trend of rapid urbanisation and increased connectivity for infrastructure development. With more people living in cities than ever before, smart and sustainable homes and offices are essential for quality and green city living. We are continuing to see an increasing demand for effective, safe and reliable People Flow solutions as standards of living continue to improve across communities,” added Mr Berkling.

Wilson Associates reimagines high-end cocktail lounge in Singapore’s Marina Bay

MO Bar at Mandarin Oriental. Photo: © Wilson Associates / Limelight Studio

Singapore – Global interior architecture design firm Wilson Associates has announced that the firm has completed MO Bar, a luxurious, yet multi-functional, bar and lounge located within the five-star Mandarin Oriental in the heart of Singapore’s Marina Bay. With surrounding views of Marina Bay, MO Bar offers high tea in the afternoon and cocktails in the evening – both menu selections are influenced by the flavours and aromas of the region. Commissioned by Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group to overhaul the 7,534-square-foot bar area, Wilson Associates drew its design inspiration from the tribal cultures of the “ orang laut ” (“sea people” in Malay, referring to the indigenous sea nomads and sea gypsies of Singapore). This ethnic group of Malay origin is known for living almost entirely at sea around Singapore, peninsular Malaysia and the Riau Islands, and is some of the last true nomads of the ocean. The sea nomads are believed to have sailed in Singapore’s waters from the 16th Century onwards. Infusing elements of the sea nomadic culture into MO Bar, Wilson’s designers explored ways to showcase their way of life featuring the relationship with the water, as well as local tales of the ocean, moon, and stars. Wilson Associates brought in natural materials and fauna like plants from the Philippines, which are embedded into the resin of the coffee tabletops to create a rustic, yet refined feel. Incorporating the visual language inspired by nomadic symbols, the design team conceived a ceiling lattice and movable lattice screen inside the VIP area – based on nomadic tribal tattoo patterns – as well as wave-like materials at the counter base of the main bar. Sourced from New Zealand, China, and Europe, the artwork shares global-inspired themes that complement the overall design aesthetic. The defining highlight of MO Bar is the bar’s marble countertop, achieved from the latest breakthrough technology. Slabs of marble were cut and bent to form one piece, creating one continuous bar countertop. Additionally, the design team implemented a wave-washed-up effect that ties into the coastal tribe culture. Symbols of local seamen were imprinted on the ceiling and sliding panel and can be found on the staff uniforms, further enforcing this motif.

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