SHRIMP SCULPTURE • MIX USE COMPLEX - WEST JAVA INDONESIA
Design of this mix-use complex is based on a study of Sultanate Palaces in the north-west coastal city of Cirebon in West Java Province of Indonesia. The City name derives from Sundanese words "ci" (water or river) and "rebon" or "shrimp", the word "Cirebon" also derives from the Javanese word, Caruban meaning "mixed" as the city is on the border of Sundanese (western Java) and Javanese (central Java).
There are (4) Sultanate Palaces (keratons) City of Cirebon which is located approximately 142 miles from Indonesia capital city of Jakarta. The main products of this coastal city is fish including shrimps. The main configuration of complex organized around outer and inner court-yards which can be found in the Sultanate Palaces with main focal point of twin towers of residential/condominium and independent hotel tower with lower buildings that consist of convention center, exhibit hall, meeting rooms, dining/restaurants, retails, fitness center, spa, wedding gazebo for outdoor wedding with a swimming pool.
Cirebon historical City Hall was designed and built during Dutch Colonial era with roof facade featuring gargoyles of shrimps, which is also shown on city logo, hence metaphorically the focal point of the composition of this mix-use complex is the shrimp twin-tower sculpture creating semi outdoor terraces and balconies as communal spaces in between. The overall configuration has enable a porous massing of buildings that allows for cross ventilation from the nearby ocean and the mountain. The water feature and reservoir in the center also helps collect the rain water that can be recycled and used for grey water and landscape area irrigation purposes.