Baltimore-based design, planning, architecture, interiors and graphics firm DDG will be the master planner and design architect for Metropolitan Mall, a new shopping destination to be located in Cileungsi Bogor, southeast of Jakarta.
The hybrid three-level indoor mall and two-level outdoor mall will provide a modern lifestyle center with a resort ambiance. DDG envisions the mall as offering the conveniences of a small city, where shopping, entertainment, socializing, and the interaction of people combine for a wide variety of community and cultural activities.
“The design of Metropolitan Mall is inspired by the natural occurring canyon spaces and formation, with customers experiencing a ‘canyon walk’ in the indoor mall and a ‘creek walk’ on the outdoor mall,” explains Ahsin Rasheed, Chairman, CEO and President of DDG. He adds, “The building’s shape and materials will convey a dramatic look with earthy colors, highlighted by water features and lush landscaping along both the indoor and outdoor malls.”
Metropolitan Mall will feature various specialty retailers, department stores, supermarkets, a multiplex cinema, thematic food court, family entertainment center, and numerous food and dining options, including al fresco dining along the outdoor mall. Customers will be able to move comfortably throughout the center to shop, dine, and enjoy the view.
Throughout the project, main circulation spaces will vary in shape and width, creating ever-changing architectural vistas and unexpected experiences for the customer around each curve and turn. At night, the outdoor center will fully come to life with performances and expressive lighting effects.
Metropolitan Mall is the latest project being designed by DDG in Indonesia. The firm recently was awarded the expansion of Jakarta’s highly successful Grand Metropolitan mall. (DDG was responsible for concept architecture and environmental graphics for the 646,000-square-foot Grand Metropolitan mall, which had its grand opening last month.) In addition, Bintaro Jaya Xchange, a lively, mixed-use project with a variety of dynamic, interactive, and evolving entertainment options, was designed DDG.
DDG is recognized internationally as an industry leader, with a reputation for producing quality, innovative, and visionary design for more than three decades. Among the company’s many highly successful, award-winning commercial endeavors are Istanbul, Turkey’s Istinye Park, Pondok Indah in Jakarta, Indonesia, Easton Town Center near Columbus, Ohio, and the 2013 ICSC Latin American Shopping Center Award winning Portales retail project in Guatemala City.
“Each of these projects demonstrate DDG’s unique ability to integrate multiple disciplines and diverse resources in order to create truly memorable places where ideas, commerce, dreams, and lifestyles converge in new and sensational ways,” notes Rasheed.