Wisma Pondok Indah, Jakarta
Grids and lines of palm trees reflect the landscape patterns associated with Pondok Indah’s agricultural heritage and define the character of the public realm at this prestigious commercial complex.
The construction of Wisma Pondok Indah 3 is the catalyst for enhancements to the public realm throughout the wider complex. The gridded pattern of the paving, together with the linear canals and straight lines and grids of trees, reflect the geometry of the market gardens which once stretched across the Pondok Indah district. The raised planters, planted with tall Livistona palms, echo this pattern and are designed to increase the impact of the vegetation within the context of some very large buildings. The planters also shelter a raised café terrace, which overlooks one of the canals. At the centre of the mall, a new ‘crossover’ space provides a meeting point and focus for views. The scattered pattern of palms and sculptural flowering trees across this area contrasts with the grid and suggests the dynamic, random flows of people, who enliven these spaces throughout the day.
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