Pluit City, Jakarta, Indonesia

Location: Jakarta, Indonesia
Client: Agung Podomoro Land
Architect: SOM
Size: 160 hectares
Status: In Planning
Awards: MIPIM Asia Award Best Future Mega Project 2014

Pluit City Island 1 is a proposed 160 hectares reclaimed and constructed island in Jakarta Bay North of the historic town centre anticipated to accommodate a population of 70,000 residents. The project features a masterplan by SOM with Shop Houses (Ruko), Shopping plaza, office towers, apartment blocks and beach houses. The open spaces are a prominent factor in the masterplan and play a key role in promoting a healthy urban lifestyle with a green place to live.

A large central park of 90,000 square meters ‘stitches’ together the soft green western edge of the island with the harder and more urban western edge that provides an opportunity for a contemporary park not only for the Island, but for Jakarta as well. In addition, the development provides a number of highly inter-connected community parks, with play areas, club houses, swimming pools and sporting areas. Plazas with extensive and dynamic shade structures offer pleasant micro-climates for markets, food stalls and weekend events.

With an amazing 6,000 meters of waterfront, the treatment of the edge is a major part of the design of the island. MSP design utilized this transition between land and water to create a series of recreational linear parks, with bicycle circuits, plazas for cafes: all of which employ a range of methods to draw and engage people close to the water’s edge. MSP also proposed an innovative approach to extend the protection of existing and creation of new mangrove habitats.

Working closely with SOM and the client the landscape is a prominent environmental water management system. Each year, during the rainy season between November and March, the volume of water is significant. To help manage this factor, over 5% of the island is occupied by different water bodies to hold and purify storm and grey water that gets recycled back into the use by the community. This performative water infrastructure becomes a site amenity that introduces a unique element in the design of the Central Park which takes form in a complex landscape program intertwined with canals, wetlands and water play areas.