Pertamina unveils plans for SOM-designed HQ in Jakarta

11 December 2013 (Last Updated December 11th, 2013 18:30)

Indonesian energy firm Pertamina has unveiled plans for a new sustainable corporate headquarters in Jakarta, designed by US-based architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM).

Pertamina Energy Tower

Indonesian energy firm Pertamina has unveiled plans for a new sustainable corporate headquarters in Jakarta, designed by US-based architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM).

The project, dubbed Pertamina Energy Tower, will feature a performing arts and exhibition pavilion, a mosque and a central energy plant.

After completion the office tower, which will rise more than 500m above Jakarta, will house 20,000 employees.

SOM said the tower will be the centerpiece of the Pertamina campus in Jakarta’s Rasuna Epicentrum neighbourhood.

The project, due to be completed in 2020, will also feature public spaces and communal meeting areas, a 2,000-seat auditorium for lectures and performances and a public mosque.

Pertamina Energy Tower will taper towards the top and open up at the crown, exposing the a ‘wind funnel’ to tap the winds and increased wind speeds at the upper floors to generate energy for the structure.

Sustainable features of the project include the tower’s curved façade, which will mitigate solar heat gain throughout the year.

A covered walkway, known as the Energy Ribbon, will knit together the constellation of campus programmes and span across land bridges and gardens to create an array of accessible public spaces, SOM said.

SOM’s director Scott Duncan, who led the project’s design, said Pertamina Energy Tower’s presence will stand as a model of sustainability and efficiency, as well as a collaborative workplace design.

"The headquarters’ performance-driven design supports and reflects the ambition of Pertamina’s mission and forges an innovative model of green development in Jakarta," Duncan added.


Image: Pertamina Energy Tower will rise over 500m above Jakarta. Photo: Courtesy of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.