Broadway Malyan unveils design for statement towers in central Jakarta / by Ben Ramsden


Global architecture, urbanism and design practice Broadway Malyan has unveiled designs for a major mixed-use tower development in central Jakarta, Indonesia.

‘7Point8’ will feature two towers with the tallest standing 298 metres on Jakarta’s central business district skyline, providing a bold statement on the main artery running through Jakarta.

Broadway Malyan was appointed by a joint venture between land owners and leading Jakarta developers including Karya Cipta Group to deliver the concept and schematic design.

In response to the initial brief, the practice re-oriented the proposed development and included two towers connected by a podium structure. The towers are positioned at right angles to each other to match the client’s aspiration that the building should achieve an east-west perspective.

The design is inspired by the 'alun-alun' or town squares of Javanse cities, where social, economic and leisure activities take place and buildings feature a square or rectangular walled exterior and a courtyard open to the sky – resulting in the centralisation of the proposed public space within the middle of the site and creation of a significant internal courtyard garden.

7Point8 will combine office, retail, commercial, residential and public space within an integrated building style and contribute to the rejuvenation of Jakarta’s central business district, with the hub set to benefit from direct connections to the new Setiabudi Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station.

With no comparable development in Jakarta today, 7Point8 will break new ground in the local market when it launches in phases from mid-2014.

Ian Simpson, Director at Broadway Malyan, said: “This high-profile scheme is drawing on the diverse skills, expertise and experience of our global design experts, led by our Singapore-based team which is partnering closely with the client to deliver a world-class landmark development.”

Broadway Malyan is delivering a number of projects in Indonesia – which is a key target in its international growth strategy – including the masterplan for the high-profile 11.7 hectare Cilandak Bisnis Square (CIBIS) project in Jakarta, on behalf of client Bhumyamka Sekawan.

In May it was announced that Jakarta tops the latest edition of consulting firm AT Kearney’s Emerging Cities Outlook (ECO) Index, which focuses on cities from low- to middle-income countries that will most likely progress within the next ten to 20 years.

Distinguished by its global reach with 16 studios across world centres, unrivalled diversity with 500+ design experts and distinctive client focus with over 75% income from repeat business, Broadway Malyan creates world-class and fully-integrated cities, places and buildings to unlock lasting value and deliver a ‘return on design’.