From modern to traditional, from simple to sophisticated – at best, a well-designed space is a piece of art in itself. Jakarta is home to many dazzling designs, be it in hotels, restaurants, offices or private homes. Here is a list of our favourites.
Four Seasons Hotel Jakarta
Four Seasons Hotel Jakarta opened in June 2016 at an all-new location; a centerpiece 20-story tower situated within the award-winning Capital Place development in South Jakarta.
Bright and spacious, the interiors and guest accommodations within Four Seasons Hotel Jakarta are soothing and comfortable, designed by the atelier of New York-based, Hall of Fame awarded Alexandra Champalimaud, known for timeless, classic interiors, where each space is singularly designed, always culturally inspired, rich in details resulting in spaces imbued with history but with a fresh, contemporary feel. Rooted in Indonesian art and textiles, Champalimaud’s vision for Four Seasons Hotel Jakarta was to provide an exquisite interpretation in design. The hotel is inspired by the clean lines of the French Deco period, with gracefully proportioned interior architecture created using contemporary mediums and embellished where appropriate with luxurious materials and decorated accents. The lush, tropical outdoor spaces are created by Landscape Architect Bill Bensley, who has weaved various artistic elements into each space. Each of the hotel’s outdoor spaces has a strong identity and is rich in details, inspired by Indonesian art, sculpture, music and history.
The Westin Jakarta
Strategically situated in one of Jakarta’s prime commercial district, Gama Tower wrapped construction in mid 2016. The Westin Jakarta occupies the 20 top floors of the tower’s 69 storeys, plus the ground floor for ballroom and the second floor for function rooms. It is the country’s highest luxury hotel with an unprecedented level of city view.
To highlight the hotel’s locality, the design takes inspiration from natural, organic forms and textures interpreted into Indonesian botanical elements, along with some Indonesian-inspired motifs on various aspects ranging from colour, accents, to patterns. On the tower’s ground level, in the ballroom area of The Westin, the chandeliers’ thousands of custom-blown florets gently light upon the batik-inspired rug produced by Brintons.
Travelling vertically upward from the ground floor, are two dedicated high-speed lifts to take guests to the lobby area on the 52nd floor. Translucent panels with LED-lit walls hide the operational area in the middle of the space, with green walls partitioning the glass-guided concrete staircase giving access to the 51st floor, where “Seasonal Taste”, The Westin’s take on luxury hotel gastro experience resides. The restaurant is surrounded by glass windows, so pick a seat anywhere you like to enjoy the 360° sweeping view of the city.
Extensive collaboration between HBA, Starwood, the owner representatives, numerous consultancies, and the contractors contributed to the final result of the interior. The Westin Jakarta is also home to an elegant spa with breathtaking views - courtesy of HBA’s Paula O’Callagan - and the incredible Henshin restaurant, located on the top three floors of the hotel. The restaurant’s futuristic, Japanese-infused interior design is the brainchild of Patrick Waring and Susan Heng of Silverfox Studios.
The Dharmawangsa Jakarta
A truly Indonesian hotel located in a lush and leafy neighborhood, the Dharmwangsa Jakarta features 99 distinctive and luxurious rooms. The hotel’s interior exudes Indonesian heritage and design at every turn, which makes it a truly unique property.
The Majapahit Hall features an obelisk created by the designers using the specific architectural language of the Majapahit period. On its top, is placed a 14th century house temple and further down facing the four cardinal points, are replicas of gargoyles found in Candi Tikus, the remains of a Royal bathing place near Trowulan, where the great palaces of Majapahit once stood. Mounted above the two main doorways along the main axis are the designer’s own interpretation of makaras; decoration usually found over important doorways placed to ward off evil spirits. The design used here incorporate the five pointed stars of Pancasila, the Indonesian state philosophy.
The cabinets in the Library were designed with Majapahit architecture in mind, the upper part being supported by delicate carved wooden flowers. In the Caviar Lounge, on the wall behind the banquette seating, are 25 glass boxes containing jewellery, mainly from various regions of Sumatra. They are the sorts of gifts a proud Sumatran Prince would have given to his bride, a Majapahit Princess. The armchairs, little drinks tables, and the pair of partially gilt cabinet is the designer’s creation, a Javanese interpretation of Imperial Russian style furniture.
The restaurant Lara Djonggrang of the Tugu Group is located strategically in the heart of Menteng area, Central Jakarta. Housed in a formal Dutch mansion, this restaurant has left all its antique characteristics and ambience intact. The authentic Indonesian cuisine of Lara Djonggrang has been inspired by the royal journeys through the regions during the times of the King Hayam Wurum, who held the reign of the Kingdom of Majapahit at the beginning of the 14th century.
The story of Lara Djonggrang, a beautiful princess of the Prambanan Kingdom, has inspired the interior design of the restaurant. The legend says that Lara Djonggrang vowed never to marry Bandung Bonodowoso after he had killed her father and tasked him with the impossible: to build a thousand temples for her overnight. Bandung Bondowoso, blindly in love with Lara Djonggrang, acquired the help of hundreds of demons. Worried that he might finish the task, Lara Djonggrang tricked Bandung Bondowoso and his demonic helpers - at daylight, they had only finished 999 temples. Enraged, Bandung Bondowoso turned Lara Djonggrang into a stone statue so that she would never be able to love others forever. Touched by the story, the Gods sent for Lara Djonggrang to be taken to the heavens, riding on a Javanese mythological lion, where she finally found eternal peace. The stone visualization of Lara Djonggrang on her way to heavens is one of the masterpieces in this beautiful restaurant, as well as a statue portraying her refusal to Bandung Bondowoso’s plea to marry him. The artworks presented in this restaurant bring back to life the luxurious romance and ancient atmosphere of Prambanan.
This article is originally from paper. Read NOW!Jakarta Magazine March 2018 issue “Design for Living”. Available at selected bookstore or SUBSCRIBE here.