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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.



24.Housing Estates

Housing estates are a solution for accommodation problems in dense city centres. They usually consist of housing complex surrounded by gardens and various facilities, from sports to entertainment centres. These days, they do not only provide accommodation and practicality for urbanites, but also create image. In this edition, we featured prestigious housing estates that were in the building stage, three of which are: Coastarina in Batam, a luxury housing and tourist area located on the north coast of Batam Island, which includes theme park Ocarina aimed for family recreations; Springhill Golf Residence Kemayoran, which offers a green living environment right at the heart of Jakarta with superb facilities and amenities as well as an 18-hole golf course; Pondok Hijau Golf Summarecon Serpong that was planned with a layout where each resident (even those of the middle-cost houses) could enjoy and feel as if they owned the golf course.


25. Cafe & Restaurant

A dining venue is not just a place to eat and drink anymore. Whether it’s a restaurant or a café, it is nowadays a place to talk with friends or business connections and to relax over food. The restaurant’s or café’s design, its menu and pricing, and the way it is promoted, it can also project a certain taste that appeals to a particular group of people. In our 25th edition we covered a diverse selection of cafés and restaurants. Ikan Bakar Cianjur Restaurant in Semarang, for example, sitting inside a heritage building in the Old Town, offered Indonesian dishes in a Chinese-European interior. Dream of Kahyangan Art Resto in Surabaya was inspired by Javanese culture, as seen from the architecture and furniture. Meanwhile, Neo Lounge & Vanity Restaurant was designed in a New Modernism style, perfectly suited to those who want a modern and graceful ambiance.


26. Offices

An office is a place where serious work takes place and important agreements are made. Many livelihoods depend on decisions made in an office. But it doesn’t mean that an office design has to be rigid and formal. Architects and interior designers can create a playful design that conveys the image of the company that it represents without compromising the functional purpose. One of the buildings we featured in this “Offices” edition was the Kalla Tower in Makassar. The exterior and crown are curvy, designed with a ‘wave and wind’ concept that symbolises movement – in keeping with the building’s automotive business. Other office buildings we featured were BSD Office Pak in Tangerang, The Office @ Kuningan City, Graha Sinar Rasa and Menara Prima in Jakarta.


27. Apartment

Apartment living has become a lot more common in big cities – reflecting a growing population and a scarcity of land. Apartments in superblocks often have the advantage of being closer to essential facilities such as supermarkets, sport centres, transport links and schools. And even though most Indonesians still prefer to own a landed house, apartments in key locations have been gaining in popularity. In this edition,

we looked at some apartments in Jakarta, Solo and Bali, including Nirvana Avana Apartement, Kempinski Private Residence and The Wave Rasuna Epicentrum. We also shared some interior decorating tips for small apartments and reported on the rusunami concept.


28. Boutique Villas in Bali

“Boutique villa” is more of a marketing rather than an architectural term – suggesting a high-quality villa that offers something different. This edition featured luxury boutique villas in Bali where traditional features had been blended seamlessly with modern elements of the architecture. For instance, the modern compound concept softened with frangipani trees, which we saw in the design for Banyan Tree Ungasan and Bulgari Hotels & Resorts. Meanwhile, the Waka Group, comprising six resorts across Bali, offers an authentic Balinese experience by using traditional materials in their villas such as wood, stone and even thatched roofs, with architecture style that is also influenced by other parts of Indonesia. We also asked the late Made Wijaya to write a critique on the development of villas in Bali to give our readers a complete perspective on the topic.


29. Exotic Resorts

Seaside resorts are a popular escape for urbanites – a chance to immerse with a certain ethnic style that you rarely find in urban life. It offers something different from the everyday routine, something which people might regard as being exotic. Many of the luxury resorts that we covered in this edition were located in Bali. Anantara Resort in Seminyak offered a modern interpretation of traditional Thai architecture, with the guest suites fitted out with wooden floors and façades. St. Regis Resort & Residence in Nusa Dua created a lavish tropical retreat by the beach in order to fit in with the existing natural landscape. Aman Resorts, living up to its corporate philosophy, harmonised with its surrounding environment by using a range of materials from local sources and incorporating local traditional designs.




30. Super Blocks & Independent Towns

Superblocks are a contemporary urban phenomenon. At the same time, we have also seen the emergence of ‘independent towns’. Both are welcome for anybody to come and live there, though in some cases it is difficult to say that they are public spaces because they are properties of private establishments. Pakuwon City, Rasuna Epicentrum, Cirebon Super Block, Grand City, Kawasan Terpadu Mega Kuningan, Ciputra World Jakarta, Grand Indonesian and Jakarta Garden City were the main features in this edition. Since then there have been a lot of positive developments in this space; Ciputra World was still at the planning stage at the time we went to print, now it is complete and an established landmark; Grand Indonesia, similarly, is up and running and is one of the most popular destinations in Jakarta for shoppers and tourists alike, especially during weekends and holidays.


31. Luxury Homes

There are various ways to define a ‘luxury home’. According to Yori Antar, a building, although it may have been constructed using expensive materials and furniture, has to be well-designed to be considered luxurious. Jeffrey Budiman, similarly, does not associate luxury simply with cost or price. According to him, a luxury home should heed the rules of architecture, improve the quality of living for its occupants and should benefit from works of art as well as good-quality furniture. For the main features in this edition we presented eight private residences, each bearing a different interpretation of luxury. The architects involved in these projects included Erwin Hawawinata, Suwito Hadi, Hidajat Endramukti and Budhi Harmunanto. The architectural styles also varied, from classic to country modern and minimalist.


32. Hot Estates in Bali

Bali is one of the best known names on the global tourism map. However, it offers more than just tourist attractions with so many architectural masterpieces appearing all around the island. These masterpieces come in the form of hotels, apartments and villas, created by local and international architects. We featured some of these amazing properties as our hot estates in Bali. Some were still under development, but some had already been launched. The Haven, Alila VillasUluwatu and La Vie Boutique Villas were among the new properties featured. Keeping with the Bali theme, we also shared tips about choosing properties for investment in Bali and we showcased some beautiful homes on the island.


33. High-End Apartments

The favourable response to the “Luxury Homes” edition told us that our readers were especially interested in the very best living spaces, so we decided to dedicate this issue to “High-End Apartments”. We wrote about The Adhiwangsa Golf Residence (Piter Gan Architect), Regatta Apartment (Atkins London), Senopati Suites (Aboday), Kempinski Private Apartment (RTKL USA), Residence 8 (Airmas Asri) and The Peak at Sudirman (DP Architects Singapore). These projects are now complete and fully operational. Most of them have become recognised landmarks. This edition provided a wealth of examples, insights and inspiration for architects, designers and students about apartment living and the wider design considerations.


34. Exclusive Living

Having seen the growing number of upscale residences in most major cities in Indonesia, iD published this “Exclusive Living” edition. Featuring high-end properties in a small gated community, these residences typically offer a wide range of benefits and facilities such as wide, quiet roads, lush parks, swimming pools and gyms, club houses, children’s playgrounds and outdoor sport activities such as tennis and golf. With only a small number of properties and no passing traffic, these residences offer something of an oasis – in terms of privacy, tranquility, greenery and security – often in the middle of a large, busy city. The featured projects included Hayam Wuruk Residence in Bali, Residence 28 in Jakarta, De’Cove Sanctuary @ The Waterfront in Jakarta, Hilltop Residence in Sentul, Bale Hinggil Residence in Yogyakarta and The Crown at Pondok Hijau Golf Serpong.


35. Green Designs

Indonesia had significantly raised its awareness of sustainable architecture and eco-friendly design during the ‘noughties’, which prompted us to publish our “Green Designs” edition as we turned our sights to the start of a new decade. We featured Green School in Bali, the Central Library of Universitas Indonesia in Depok, Allianz Tower Jakarta, World Trade Centre 2 Jakarta, Shell Indonesia Head Office Jakarta and the Holy Stadium in Semarang. Most of these projects are now built – albeit some with different names – and fully operational. We also had a Special Report by Davy Sukamta, a civil consultant, travel enthusiast and our editorial advisor, about earthquake-resistant structures.


2009 Special Edition – Romantic Getaway in Bali

The island of Bali springs immediately to mind for so many people when they start thinking about romantic getaways. And new places to stay keep popping up on the island, giving us endless ways to indulge our romantic daydreams. In our sixth year of publication, we dedicated a special edition to hotels and resorts in Bali, which turned out like a guide to the ultimate romantic holidays. We looked at SILQ Private Residences, which was our cover photo, Anantara Seminyak Resort & Spa, Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan, Royal Pita Maha, The Bale, and three properties of Kayu Manis resorts across the island. To make it easier to navigate, we divided the articles into five sections according to the locations: Seminyak, Ubud, Jimbaran, Nusa Dua, and Ungasan and Tabanan.

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