Spread over ten hectares, Kemang Village is a large-scale mixed-use development located in the upmarket district of Kemang in South Jakarta. The integrated development, positioned in a lushly landscaped precinct, is set to revitalise an area that is fast becoming a prestigious and sought-after commercial and residential zone. The site is divided into two plots: Kemang Village Residences, which comprises four residential towers of varying heights up to 43 storeys, and a mixed-use plot, which comprises a hotel, a school and three apartment towers above a retail podium. The buildings are thoughtfully arranged to maximise distances between them and provide unobstructed views of the surroundings.
Even as the project adds vibrancy and buzz to Kemang, the developer was keen to retain the sylvan charm of the neighbourhood. As the development is located in the last big plot of green in the area, careful steps were taken to preserve as much greenery as possible. The goal was to create an integrated development that respects the existing environment, while creating a beautiful space for residents to enjoy the great outdoors with lush gardens and tranquil pools punctuating the landscape. Only 31 per cent of the site is utilised out of the 35 per cent allocated, with the remaining land channelled into creating open spaces for the public. More than 2,000 new trees were also introduced to retain the green characteristic of the area.
As the area is flood-prone, a flood control system comprising a water retention pond was installed in the basement to mitigate the problem; this was complemented by a comprehensive water treatment system that recycles rainwater for use in the entire development.
To extend the plaza visually, bollards and potted plants are used to replace the typical kerb design on the pavements. The use of a cobblestone finish on the pedestrian driveway seeks to slow down the vehicular traffic along the internal circuits. In addition, wide sidewalks are lined with ledges and balconies to encourage activities along the street. The result is a lively retail and F&B street façade that echoes the neighbourhood’s residential character, with seamless sheltered walkways that connect the exterior and interior. These details were considered in designing the public plazas to retain the festive feel of street life in Kemang and enhance the quality of the development.
With conscious efforts made to preserve the lush green environment that has defined the locale, coupled with elements that add much-needed facilities to the area, Kemang Village is set to become the regional catalyst for future mixed-use developments that embrace sustainable and environmentally sensitive approaches in Jakarta and beyond.