Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Where does Jakarta Stand in the Global Picture?
June 16, 2016
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JAKARTA – Hosted by FARPOINT, one of Indonesia’s foremost real estate developers, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) in association with the Jakarta Property Institute (JPI) held a networking reception and discussion forum on June 16 at the Sequis Center Auditorium, which centered on the theme of “Tall Buildings: Where Does Jakarta Stand in the Global Picture?”. The event – attended by local developers, architects, and consultants in the property industry – aimed to highlight Jakarta’s emergence as a new global center for tall buildings and emphasize how to bring local skyscrapers in line with international standards.

During the introduction, Wendy Haryanto, Executive Director, JPI, touched on the importance of this collaborative effort, saying “Along with CTBUH and Farpoint, we are bringing our insights together to support the city’s improvement. We also aim to create awareness among developers and professionals in the property industry on how we all need to help the city’s economy through development. We should not merely be aiming to have the tallest buildings, but ask ourselves what we can do to gain international recognition through our skyline.”

Participants socializing and networking before the presentation.
Dougie Crichton, of FARPOINT, presents on the Sequis Tower, the capital’s first sustainable tall building.
During the main session, CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood spoke on the local tall building phenomenon with respect to global trends in vertical urbanism, touching on recent skyscraper construction data, the drivers of tall building development, and the shortfalls of such undertakings. Wood finished his presentation describing 10 design principles for a new skyscraper vernacular.

Reiterating the findings of the 2015 Tall Building Year in Review data study, Wood presented some key statistics on tall building development around the world, including the perhaps surprising statistic that, after China, Indonesia had the second most 200-meter-plus buildings completed during 2015 of any country in the world, with nine such completions. This broke its previous record of four in 2008. In addition, Jakarta had the most 200-meter-plus completions of any city in 2015 with seven, while Nanjing, Nanning, and Shenzhen tied for second place with five each.
CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood spoke on the local tall building phenomenon and global trends in vertical urbanism.
Globally, 2015 was a “year of supertalls.” A total of 13 supertalls (buildings of 300 meters of higher) were completed in 2015, which became the highest annual total on record. Since 2010, the number of supertalls in the world has exactly doubled, from 50 at the end of 2010 to 100 at the end of 2015.Wood stated that Asia was once again a major driver of skyscraper completions in 2015, with 81 buildings representing 76 percent of the 106-building total. These facts showed that the geography of the world’s 100 tallest buildings has shifted dramatically to Asia and The Middle East, from North America.

Speaking on the intangibility of a word like “sustainability,” Wood offered his perspective on how skyscrapers can achieve true synergy with its surroundings. “It is only when a building maximizes the potential of its connection with local climate and culture that it can be truly classed as ‘sustainable’ in all facets of the word, including ecological aspects,” he noted. “Tall buildings are a vital part of the future for creating more sustainable patterns of life – largely through their concentration of people, space, land use, infrastructure, and resources – but in many ways they are only several small steps along the huge path they need to traverse to become truly sustainable, and to become positive contributors to the cities they inhabit.”
Attendees converse after the event presentation, enjoying the view from the Sequis Tower.

Next, Dougie Crichton, Marketing Advisor for FARPOINT, shared how the Sequis Tower makes meaningful contributions as the capital’s first sustainable tall building, and the first to have the goal of achieving a LEED Platinum rating. Located in the Sudirman CBD, Sequis Tower is designed both as a landmark and the first step toward a new urban development strategy for the district. The design response is directly influenced by a careful analysis of context, climate, culture, site forces, and performance.

“Sequis Tower is a translation of FARPOINT’s vision of ‘Think Beyond’ and a reflection of our passion to deliver innovative products and quality experiences,” explain
ed Dougie Crichton. “We have formed a world-class collaboration with some of the world’s respected consultants in the industry: KPF, Beca, Thornton Tomasetti, SWA Group, Kroll Security and the Wiratman & Associates. We are excited about the completion of Sequis Tower at the very heart of business in Jakarta.”
From left to right: CTBUH Indonesia Country Representative Tiyok Prasetyoadi, PDW Architects; Dougie Crichton FARPOINT; Antony Wood, CTBUH Executive Director; and Wendy Haryanto, Executive Director, JPI.

Rather than importing a conventional all-glass tower with an extruded, rectilinear plan, as is common in much of modern Jakarta, the design was informed by the local Banyan tree. The KPF Architects-designed scheme is composed of a bundle of four towers, with native vegetation adorning rooftop gardens and an enhanced podium increasing pedestrian circulation throughout the site. Sequis Tower will use locally sourced construction materials to reduce its carbon footprint. Additionally, a series of directionally specific “shading fins” will reduce solar radiation on the building’s façade.

The event concluded with a lively Q&A session, followed by networking and canapés.

A view of the city, as the evening concluded.


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Joshua AngsonoAlwi Sjaaf
Adri RahadianAnggara Architeam
Budi SumaatmadjaAnggara Architeam
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Hutagalung Nadia RahmithaBCI-Asia
Andi AsmaraBOMA
Domino RischBVN Architecture
Karuna MurdayaCentral Cipta Murdaya
Tansri MulianiCTBUH
Antony WoodCTBUH
Handa SulaimanCushman & Wakefield
Matthew ShawCushman & Wakefield
Nick AlexanderDavy Sukamta & Partners Structural Engineers
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