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A Journey of 15 Years

A look back at our 15-year journey at Indonesia Design magazine, with highlights from each edition and an explanation why we chose the themes we published.



12. Shopping Gallery

The sprawling development of shopping malls in big cities across Indonesia caught our attention. In our 12th edition, we dug deep into some of the best known ones, including Setiabudi One and Cihampelas Walk. We also had a look at a couple that were still in the construction phase, which are now two of the most popular mixed-use developments in Jakarta. One was Senayan City, which combines a shopping mall, an office block and luxury apartments. The other was Grand Indonesia, where we had the exclusive opportunity to feature its architectural design. The completed development comprises an apartment tower, an office block, two wings of an 8-storey shopping mall and the five-star Hotel Indonesia Kempinski. Aside from these, we also featured the Ubud Hanging Garden, built on a steep cliff with an inclination of almost 45 degrees, which architect Popo Danes had magically transformed into a resort hotel and spa with enchanting infinity pools.


13. Housing Estate

Housing is one of our most basic needs, and we can see houses being built all the time, anywhere in the world. iD publishes a “Home and Living” edition every year but, in 2006, we dedicated it to “Housing Estates”. The main feature covered Rumah Baja Krakatau Steel, Tomang Residence, De Rumah, Royal Family Residence and Taman Dayu City of Festivals. We also featured Bumi Serpong Damai City (now known as BSD City), a development by Sinar Mas Land in their early stage of development. Here we recorded their initiatives to build an independent city which, as we now know, is indeed what they managed to achieve. On the cover we had Prapanca Townhouse, a development by Budiman Hendropurnomo of Duta Cermat Mandiri, which is still admired by people who drive along Jalan Pangeran Antasari in South Jakarta.


14. Showroom & Gallery

Every showroom or gallery has its own way of communicating with its visitors, which will typically be characterised by the way it sets out its displays. Our 14th edition featured a number of galleries of different styles. Cemeti Art House in Yogyakarta adopts the concept of a residence to create a homely and intimate feel for visitors. The subdued ambiance helps focus attention on the displayed artworks. Meanwhile, The Blanco Renaissance Museum in Ubud displays striking artsy elements from the entrance to the artwork itself. Plaza Teknologi Hartono Elektronika, now known simply as Hartono, takes its design inspiration from the range of technology featured inside. We also featured the superblock Rasuna Epicentrum, located in Kuningan, South Jakarta which, at the time, existed only in 3D rendered images as construction hadn’t yet taken place. Now the superblock is nearly complete, with a lot of the design detail changed from the original plan.


15. Appreciating Freedom in Architecture

Aside from being functional, buildings are often created as monuments. In Indonesia, we have several projects which were built to celebrate freedom and independence, such as Indonesia’s Parliament Building which appeared in this edition. One of the main features was Persada Soekarno, a monument built for our first president in his hometown it includes a memorial square, a library and the tomb of Soekarno himself. Designed by Baskoro Tedjo, it has been well maintained and is a popular destination for domestic and international tourists. Although it wasn’t built as a celebration of freedom per se, we also featured the restoration of the National Archive Building by Han Awal and Partners and Budi Lim Architects as it had just won the Asia Pacific Heritage Award from UNESCO.


16. Health, Fitness & Spa

Preventing an illness is undoubtedly better than trying to cure it. As more and more people have adopted that principle we have seen rapid changes in lifestyles as people of all ages look to maintain and improve their health, fitness and general well-being. Our 16th edition, we featured a number of buildings that were designed or adapted for health, fitness and spa businesses, such as The Javana Spa in Sukabumi, which smartly integrated its natural environment into the building and landscape design. We also featured Menara Karya and Regatta in Jakarta – buildings that broke free from conventional norms. The special report was about the Cipinang Correctional Institution, East Jakarta. It achieved the highest standards in institutional care by applying new concepts in management, work training systems, security systems, as well as a functional building design that took into account all aspects of the environment such as layout, interiors, air circulation and light.


17. Entertainment

Architecture is considered as a serious topic, but as a conceptual matter, it can also give us a playful spatial experience to get relaxed. We dedicate our 17th edition for “Entertainment” facilities. Here, we featured the festive Ancol Jakarta Bay City (including Dunia Fantasi, The Pyramids 4D Theatre, and Gelanggang Samudra among other venues), Kampoeng Cina Kota Wisata Cibubur (that now has gone for different development), Balai Sarbini at Plaza Semanggi Jakarta, and the renders of Terzetto Entertainment Xentre in Solo, Central Java, G-Walk at Citra Raya Surabaya and Wisata Bahari Lamongan. We are proud to have EX Plaza as our front cover for this edition because the property was initiated to be a temporary site but gained a huge success along its operations in 2004-2014. Here, we also featured the entertainment centre building and some of its tenants such as Hard Rock Cafe, Q Biliard and Spin City Bowling.




18. Offices

Numerous technological advances have enabled us to create mobile offices, yet we keep constructing office buildings. The reason for this is that architecture believes buildings do not only provide spaces and the facilities to conduct activities, but they also have the potential to provide identity and to set certain class and status for the users. Not to mention some lines of work still require face-to-face interaction. Good designs and materials used on a building can help level up the prestige of a company that occupies it. In this edition, we covered many office buildings in several Indonesian cities. They include the Jakarta Stock Exchange Building, Talavera Office Park, Trans TV Broadcasting Station and Constitutional Court of the Republic Indonesia.


19. Playing the Light

Ambience brought by well-thought lighting design adds an added value to any projects, hence we celebrated it with “Playing the Light” edition. Here, we selected different projects to exhibit the diverse applications of lighting. They are Pacific Place Jakarta (for integrated development), Loro Djonggrang Jakarta (restaurant), Clarion Hotel & Convention Makassar (the largest hotel complex in Eastern Indonesia at the time, now known as Claro Makassar) and Cafe Neo Calista Bandung. And as the bars often have playful lights, we selected two projects to show to our readers; F – Bar Jakarta and Blowfish – Puro, Jakarta. Aside from the artificial light, we featured Andra Matin’s worked for Javaplant Office and Showroom in Tawangmangu where he designed dynamic lighting effect with the building skin. Going formal, there was Santos Oil office by CDA International, where we can see the application of lighting that enhances productivity.


20. More Leisure – Playing the Style

Living a balanced life is easier said than done when you are caught up with busy routines. However, one should actually attempt to have a balanced life. There are many places and facilities created for leisure to reach just that. In this edition, we featured the newly launched Blitzmegaplex in Bandung and Jakarta, a cinema complex with a futuristic interior style. A decade later it was rebranded as CGV Blitz. The interior was renovated into a retro style, following the style of CGV in Korea. Another way to shoo away stress is to unwind in a beach resort and spa like The Bali Khama in Nusa Dua. More entertainment featured in this edition included the Griyo Kulo Alternative Recreational Site and Taman Tangkuban Perahu. No less interesting, was the Rest Area KM 19 gas station and its refreshing and out of the design.


21. Highrise Building

In a developing country like Indonesia, the rise of property makes one of the indicators of economic growth, especially major developments such as “Highrise Building”, thus we made this edition as an appreciation for the developers that are eager to build such projects. The front cover was the 3D render of The Adhiwangsa Condominium Gold View Residence and Lenmarc Lifestyle Mall Surabaya by Piter Gan Architect, which has been operated since 2010. This project set the benchmark of the new era of highrise buildings in Surabaya, with 45-floor and 38-floor apartment towers and a podium mall. We also had Universitas Tarumanagara Jakarta, Graha Bethany Surabaya and Gramedia Expo. In addition, we reported the design of Menara Maluku Ambon by Han Awal and Partners, which has not been developed.


22. Retails

Retail stores come and go. There are many aspects that affect the continuity of a retail business. One of them is how the sellers understand what attracts the potential buyers. The architecture and interior design of a retail store is not to be underrated in this case. It is important to make the store comfortable and easy to navigate to visit, which can lead to making a purchase. We covered a number of retail shops that were designed with the customers’ need in mind as well as a good aesthetic consideration, namely MP Book Point, Mega Star Autoworks, Bandung Icon, Nanonine Concept Store, Makassar Town Square and many more. However, as a lot has happened over the years, some of these stores have moved, closed, and some still stand tall.


23. Super Block

Indonesia marked the rise of integrated developments in the late 2000s. And Indonesia Design celebrated this advancement by having this “Super Block” edition. While witnessing the development of Grand Indonesia township in the heart of the capital city, some other locations in that time were going with this stream, hence we featured Seasons City, Central Park, Kemang Village, Gandaria City (Jakarta), Deli Grand City (North Sumatera), Samarinda Global City (East Kalimantan), Ciputra World Surabaya (East Java). All of these projects were only renderings, but today they have become an integral part of the city’s business and leisure. Central Park, for example, has breathed new life for West Jakarta. It has become a business meeting point on weekdays and a go-to lifestyle centre during the weekends.

Aside from these articles, we also featured Villa Leduk in East Java with its exotic Neo-Classic architecture overlooking the green Prigen hills.

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