PASKAL PROMENADE / Bandung Indonesia

The site occupies an area of 6 hectares, forming part of the 17-hectare land occupied by an old railway station in Pasir Kaligi in Bandung. The design concept for the Paskal Promenade involves extending the idea of having an urban shopping environment in a landscape setting.

The building becomes a 'gentle structure' on the landscape with its swirling mass and open spaces. The entire project consists of two distinct sections; the first is an integration of tenanted retail and F&B areas named "The Promenade", and the second is an anchor tenants' area named "The Hub'. Both areas seem separate but They still function together as a single entity. The architecture is 'inward looking', with visual access from all levels to the inner landscape area. Being open air, it takes advantage of Bandung's pleasant climate. The two components are linked and connected by a central waterway, landscaped walks and multiple link bridges. The buildings have been designed with an endless flow of customers in mind. A customer walking through the Promenade will always be able to loop back without passing the same shops.

The Promenade Is the larger component and is designed with continuous linear open-air atria along the central walkway to allow for air circulation and natural lighting. Through its semi-outdoor garden spaces, the use of air-conditioning is reduced. This is a clear example where design succeeds in reducing energy consumption through intelligent observation of local climatic conditions. The Hub is designed as an indoor space, and is intended to house larger anchor tenants such as gourmet market. Cineplex. fitness centre, and children's playground.


Instead of a typical single central atrium separating the two sections, an internal linear open-air landscaped walk or "Green Lung" is created with an appearance and feel of being in a tropical rainforest. The effect is achieved through the cooperation of the architects, landscape designers and lighting consultants. The Green Lung encompasses the mood and essence of being in various parts of a rainforest. At different parts of the Green Lung, the rainforest opens up to the shoppers where they can enjoy its peace and beauty. The lighting design gives illumination at special spots, emulating the different light qualities one may experience in the rainforest.

The facade consists of various soft and hard materials, which are separated by patterned lines that form enclaves in a rhythmic pattern. The lines and enclaves have been conceptualized from the cut sections of bamboo of an "angklung", a musical instrument pertinent to Sudanese culture. The pattern on the facade introduces the instrument's swaying motion when played. Together with planters that appear to grow out of the wall, and the natural materials and textured finishing for the back wall, the building exudes a sense of tropical exoticness.

By using locally available and recycled materials, local industries are promoted and the consumption of resources in transportation is reduced. In addition, the architects have considered the application of a rainwater collection and water recycling system for maintaining the water features and garden.
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