The Dharmawangsa Hotel, Our Luxury Hotel Jakarta Indonesia
The Dharmawangsa Jakarta
History and Architecture
The Dharmawangsa Jakarta was born out of a dream to create a hotel property that would complement the residential area of Kebayoran Baru in terms of architecture, scale and utility. It needed to fit in with the style and philosophy of its environment; to be uniquely Indonesian in character. A luxury hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia which exemplies the Indonesian aspiration to be thoroughly modern but very Indonesian at the same time. Key elements guided every aspect: luxury expressed by understated elegance, grandness expressed by humility of the spirit and the carefully thought out facets of scale and balance.
The architecture of our luxury Jakarta hotel was thus conceived as a new and contemporary interpretation of 1950s Kebayoran Baru, which in turn was, at that period, an interpretation of 1920s Jakarta. Here, is a matched set of buildings that are indigenous to the site. A peaceful oasis of tranquility, luxury and timeless architectural design, the distinctively residential style of the hotel offers a soothing contrast to the teeming metropolis.
The interior design of The Dharmawangsa Jakarta hotel is a tribute to the extraordinary artistic achievements of Majapahit culture. The design found in the decorative wall lights and ceiling fixtures reinterpret Surya Majapahit, a recurring theme used by virtually all tribes throughout the Indonesian archipelago. It reappears in the shape of the successive yellow marble disks inserted in the floor to reflect the progress of the Surya (a Sanskrit word for the sun) across the sky and more subtly in the design of carpets, furnishings and decorations.
Against the grand scale of the Lounges of The Dharmawangsa Jakarta hotel emphasized by the designers with cornice designs of ethnic patterns, silk panels of subdued colors in one room and rich vibrant hues in another, are ordinary domestic artifacts. Contrasting in context but all equally important and equally grand in their ordinariness.
The choice of the name was not by serendipity although the hotel happens to be located near Dharmawangsa Street. For just as Dharmawangsa, 14th century Hindu King from East Java, laid the foundations of the great empire of Majapahit, credited with ushering in the Golden Age of Java. This was when the country gloried in political prowess, civilization, art and culture. So too is The Dharmawangsa Jakarta Hotel designed by all who were involved in this project, to highlight the great future of Indonesia and perhaps the beginning of a new Golden Period.
From the very moment of its conception, The Dharmawangsa Jakarta hotel is designed to allow the artful mixture of business and pleasure at the highest standard of Indonesian hospitality. This design concept is a reflection of the developers interpretation in addressing the needs of the most discerning business travelers.
A young Malaysian architect named Cheong Yew Kuan, produced the design criteria and a solid conceptual product. Bina Puri Lestari(the owning company) then engaged Don Sandy from Sandy Babcock International of San Francisco and Miami to transform the concept into a master plan and basic architectural design.
Jasin Tedjasukmana who has an understanding in Dutch Colonial style architecture was then engaged to create the final product. For the hotel, he opted for a design both distinguished and breathtakingly beautiful in terms of art and space. Jaya Ibrahim, a prominent interior designer, was next appointed to deliver a contemporary product of traditional design in the spirit of Indonesia: sequence, shape, color and space, intertwined with art, and set amidst the fragrance of the tropical gardens and sounds of flowing water, the ultimate symbol of prosperity.
The most important objective of the development was to deliver a residential feel within the property. The whole atmosphere and setting needed to be consistent with how Indonesians live and work today: the unique quality of life, comfort and expectations. As in traditional houses, there is a distinctive sequence in the design of the hotel interior, starting from the composition of linked spaces: a front verandah, a central room and a back verandah. Each possessing its own specific volume and special character. All three formed as a complete singular entity.