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SOM Unveils 500-Meter "Energy Tower" for Jakarta

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) has unveiled a 99-story tower planned for the Rasuna Epicentrum neighborhood in Jakarta. Designed as a “highly sustainable corporate headquarters” for the state-owned energy company, Pertamina, the “energy tower” aims to become a new landmark on the Indonesian capital’s skyline. Once complete in 2020, the large-scale project will feature a 2,000-seat performing arts auditorium and exhibition pavilion, public mosque, and central energy plant in addition to the office tower. 

“Pertamina Energy Tower’s iconic presence will stand as a model of sustainability and efficiency, as well as collaborative workplace design,” states Scott Duncan, AIA, the SOM Director who led the project’s 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.”

According to SOM, “Pertamina Energy Tower is the world’s first supertall tower for which energy is the primary design driver. [...] Gently tapering towards a rounded top, the tower opens up at the crown, revealing a ‘wind funnel’ that will take advantage of the prevailing winds and increased wind speeds at the upper floors to generate energy. Precisely calibrated for Jakarta’s proximity to the equator, the tower’s curved facade will mitigate solar heat gain throughout the year. Exterior sun shades will dramatically improve the workplace environment and save energy by reducing the need for artificial lighting in the office interiors.”

“A central energy plant will serve as the energy production hub for the campus, a literal and figurative “heart” from which energy and services will be distributed,” described SOM. “A covered walkway known as the ‘Energy Ribbon’ will knit together the constellation of campus programs and span across land bridges and gardens to create an array of accessible public spaces.”

  • Architects: SOM
  • Location: Gatot Subroto Street Epicentrum
  • Design Partner: Mustafa K. Abadan, FAIA
  • Managing Partner: T.J. Gottesdiener, FAIA
  • Design Director: Scott Duncan, AIA
  • Managing Director: Jonathan Stein, AIA
  • Regional Coordinator: Ame Engelhart, AIA
  • Design Architect: Justin Chen
  • Structural / MEP Engineers: SOM
  • Site Area: 57,512 m2
  • Area: 495000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2020
  • Photographs: SOM
Cite:Karissa Rosenfield. "SOM Unveils 500-Meter "Energy Tower" for Jakarta" 13 Dec 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>