Peruri 88 by MVRDV,
Jerde and Arup


Peruri 88 by MVRDV, Jerde and Arup

Dutch studio MVRDV is proposing a 400-metre skyscraper for Jakarta that looks like a pile of at least ten separate buildings.

Peruri 88 by MVRDV, Jerde and Arup

MVRDV, alongside American architects Jerde and engineers Arup, designed the 88-storey "vertical city" as a part of developer's bid for a site in the south-east of Indonesia's capital.

Peruri 88 by MVRDV, Jerde and Arup

The architects explain that the building would comprise just four staggered towers, which would rise up from a commercial podium at the base. Distributed amongst these structures would be a mix of apartments, hotels and offices, as well as shops, cinemas, a mosque and a vertiginous amphitheatre accessed by outdoor elevators.

Peruri 88 by MVRDV, Jerde and Arup

"Peruri 88 is vertical Jakarta. It represents a new, denser, social, green mini-city, a monument to the development of Jakarta as a modern icon literally raised from its own city fabric," said MVRDV co-founder Winy Maas.

Peruri 88 by MVRDV, Jerde and Arup

Gardens, swimming pools and terraces would cover the tiered rooftops, which the architects conceive as a jungle filled with local trees and plants. "Our inspiration for the commercial podium and public spaces was Java’s natural setting; lush jungle and stone surrounded by expansive ocean," said David Rogers, design director at Jerde.

If the developer wins the bid, construction will start imminently.

Also this year, MVRDV completed a library inside a glass pyramid and a building covered in QR codes.

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Rendering is by RSI-Studio.

Here's some extra text from MVRDV:

Peruri 88: MVRDV-Jerde-Arup reveal 360.000m2 green mix use project in Jakarta, Indonesia

An international design team made up of MVRDV (overall design), The Jerde Partnership (commercial podium) and ARUP, together with developer Wijaya Karya – Benhil Property, have collaborated to create Peruri 88 – a new landmark icon for Jakarta. Peruri 88 will be a vertical city in one building combining Jakarta´s need for more green spaces with the need for densification. The tower is a 400 meter tall mix use project with retail, offices, housing, a luxury hotel, four levels of parking, a wedding house, a mosque, imax theatres and an outdoor amphitheatre. The team presented the plans to city and site owner Peruri as part of a developer’s bid competition for the prominent site at Jl. Palatehan 4 Jakarta.

Peruri 88 combines Jakarta´s need for green space with Jakarta´s need for higher densities whilst respecting the typologies of the current urban fabric. The site, which is owned by Peruri, is located at Jl. Palatehan 4 Jakarta, a block formerly used as Mint which sits right next to a future metro station.

The mix use project offers a great variety of office and housing typologies, from large office surfaces to living/working units, from lofts to townhouses, from terraced houses to patio living. Each of these stacked urban blocks comes with a semi-public roof park, an abundance of gardens, playgrounds, spas, gym’s, outdoor restaurants and swimming pools available to the inhabitants and office employees. The tall trees on these decks will provide extra shade whilst the height of the parks allows for a cooling breeze.The high rise, a luxury hotel from the 44th floor to the 86th floor, rises from a platform with park, swimming pool and the marriage house. On top of the hotel a panoramic restaurant and viewing platform complete the structure at the 88th floor.

The commercial podium which is located from levels B2 to the 7th floor is designed by Jerde Partnership with MVRDV. Its most characteristic feature is the central plaza, sheltered by the stacked volumes of the mid-rise it offers multiple outdoor layers of restaurants and shadow and natural ventilation. A series of escalators connects the shopping and retail centre to the parks of the mid-rise.

The Peruri 88 commercial podium reflects the city’s historic islands with reflective bodies of water and landscape traversing the public street levels, while integrating a sunken garden plaza.

The buildings structure has five principle cores and is less complex than visually apparent. Four traditional constructed tall towers rise up between which bridging floors will be constructed. Arup will continue to develop and rationalise the structure to satisfy regulations and the budget.

A number of international hotel, retail and apartment operators have shown interest in the building and if the team wins construction will start swiftly.

  • Gwen

    Wow, Jakarta is the new Dubai?

    • Ran

      They have the biggest coal reserve in the world. And something Dubai has never had as well – heaps of cheap human workforce.

      • Mikey

        Ohoho, Dubai has more than enough underpaid, inexpensive, extorted labor. But, true, no coal.

  • rek

    This trend in architecture needs to die.

    • Dave Gronlie

      I was trying to think of something positive to say about this proposed building and gave up.

    • moss on rock

      Totally agree. Just another “star architect’s'” version of a skygarden.

  • Peter

    Wasn’t architecture supposed to have just a little beauty and sense of scale – or is the rumble in the sandjungle ‘The New Black’ in our trade?

  • Marnix

    That's an icon!

  • brenda

    Hope they get to build this one! If you think of all those blocks aligned down on the street, this looks way more exciting.

  • nada

    MVRDV could not think of a reasonable concept, thus they stacked their old projects on top of each other. Creative bunch.

  • Pluk vd Petteflet

    What a bunch of ill-meant comments. I think it looks great – better than what Sir Norman Foster can do.

    I hope this project will get build. Jakarta needs such a project to promote the city (as an icon) and also to solve space problems.

    • Yosua

      Jakarta doesn’t need any more icons – Monas has been prominent enough to become its icon. If this become real, it will just be another confirmation that Jakarta is still dictated by people with money. Solve space problems? For who? Rich people? Let them solve their own problems!

      • MiA

        Monas is prominent enough to be an icon? Man, you need to get out more!

        • Yosua

          Well at least it can be enjoyed by EVERYONE. Anyway, it’s obviously not my main point.

  • Newchester

    It looks crazy and gigantic but creative.

  • .tiff

    Ugh, this looks like the city had diarrhoea.

  • Nehru

    Just threw up a little in my mouth.

  • gundula

    Why does everything that MVDVD designs have to look scary?

  • joh

    For a firm that built its reputation on progressive, idea-based design they sure have been pretty good at doing the opposite for the last ten years.

    MVRDV has become a caricature of the “modern, young, progressive firm”. It almost seems like their work is purposefully ironic and predictable, like some sort of critique on the profession.

  • I think the word “proposing” is key in describing this building.

  • Take away the usual misplaced gimmickry, and the 3D visualisation skills, and this project is nothing more than a collage of deeply conservative buildings. Add to that the quality of building in this part of the world, and you have nothing more than a pile of junk.

    Architecture needs to find a new path, but maybe all the design world cares about is being entertained. So voila, you have people like MRVDV and BIG popping up everywhere to entertain you. Good luck architecture.

  • berrin

    Looks like a mix of all MVRDV’s projects!

  • Andrew Herbert

    Having recently returned from Jakarta, I think that the city has a real opportunity to be mindful of the architecture that will soon join its already huge city. There are not, as of yet, many pieces of mindful architecture to lead the way. Unlike Dubai, Jakarta has a vibrant history and culture and so it would be a shame to see it covered by tawdry Dubai-esque structures such as this.

  • Hendrajaya Isnaeni

    Jakarta has already had a serious problem with its public transportation system and traffic jams. Now another giant monster building is proposed to make the city become completely far from an ideal human living place. Is it an architectural icon or a tombstone for the city?

  • Alex

    Jakarta is a city of neighborhoods. This building looks like it mounts the capital up into a high-density, green and diverse micro-city. Well done MVRDV!

  • Ruff

    It’s not so bad in terms of urban infrastructure, I guess. Densification is good, no Apparently it sits on top of the metrostation, like those big projects in Paris and London: work, shop, take the tube home.

  • Blockhead

    This building shows such a playful approach to a high density development. Rather than having a couple of boring iconic towers it seems to create little neighbourhoods with their own sky parks. It’s so much better to make an icon in this way than to put up another phallic form!

    • dbig

      Actually ‘density’ is a solution to a particular problem an architect or an urbanist can have. It should not be the sole pretext or intention in designing a building. MVRDV has always relied on this sole concept that was once celebrated by Rem Koolhaas. To me, it is just childish and immature and their buildings reflect that.

  • Constellation, rather than icon.

  • Ruxi

    If we are to criticise the type of development, the architect is the last one who deserves this critique! It’s up to the city of Jakarta to decide what kind of real estate policy and urban development they promote. As for MVRDV, within the given assignment they did a great job to create diversity, identity and quality of spaces in this vertical city.

  • rek

    It looks like it’s surrounded by 1-2 storey homes. How is this at all appropriate for the location?

    • Jan

      Most of the villas are governmental agencies, so they are not homes in use.

  • Erick

    A gigantic, arrogant building like this makes me sad. I live in Jakarta by the way.

  • Micky Zen

    It’s the best skyscraper I’ve seen. Finally, horizontal qualities in vertical living. I can clearly see the collective dwelling in those beautiful terraces.

  • goldie

    What an icon! I like it!

  • m o o

    What a nice icon for Jakarta! 100% creative.

  • Mark

    Even though it’s very in-line with the work MVRDV has been doing it clearly stands apart in the sense that it feels way more mature. Would you rather have MVRDV start all over again? Rek commented above calling it “this trend in architecture” is quite shortsighted. MVRDV has been spending a decade on refining the concept of vertical building. For them to turn around and do something else just for “originality” would be a loss.

    • rek

      I have no love for haphazardly jumbled stacks of blocks masquerading as buildings – no matter how “refined” you claim this example is.

  • Dom

    The first image looks like the building is giving the Jakarta skyline the finger.

  • Ramon

    It has a lot of vertical activity, terraces, decks, etc, up to almost 200m. Thats something. I understand the bad comments but I must admit I appreciate the effort to make something exciting with such a density and not just the usual generic glass tower cluster-miniManhattanism.

  • Bruno

    It has the appearance of a pre-historical stack of massive rocks! It is the collateral damage of modern society and expresses with its roughness an impressive beauty!

  • Hayden

    If it gets built it’s going to give Lyons’ RMIT building a run for its money as the world’s most discombobulated structure.

  • Phil

    Architecture really has sh*t itself. I would urge the local inhabitants that live around this proposed building to object to what can only be described as an icon of insult.

  • Jenga!


    We should return to earth.

  • True Blue Jakartans

    I don’t see why this can’t be built. After all, money drives all the design. Just hoping that a world-class architect like MVRDV could do more in-depth research, especially relating to the urban planning policy of the city and the historic means. Not to blame the architects though, because after all we all need money, so the client is always right, right?

    For those who understand Indonesian language, you can see the point of my comment by reading this article:

    It’s not made by me, so credit goes to the original author. Thank you.

  • mrswoo

    Looks like it was designed by a committee in the dark.

  • robinhartanto

    Looks like a despairing mix of twelve projects into one.

  • Mr.J

    This looks like the kind of tower a child (a very young one) would build when given a bag of mixed blocks. Well done MVRDV – you have displayed the design skills of a two-year-old.

  • Fling

    Another urban rubbish dump, with the cliched academic justification. Poor Jakarta: does it realise that this is a back-hand insult to their perceived aspiration and taste.

  • P.K.

    Assuming this competition demands a building of this scale, I think MVRDV have offered a proposal with far greater potential than the reams of dull, glass extrusions we have become accustomed to.

  • L.L.S.L

    Horror! This design shows their conceit and doesn’t even answer any local issues that Jakarta’s trying to solve nowdays. Okay with the green space, But c’mon you can see the ratio is not even enough for the building itself and you’re trying to provide it for Jakarta? Rotating the boxes without any reason? Just trying to make it look different?

    Hahaha what an approach! Sorry guys but this is totally FAILED! Thank God this is just a proposed design. Hoho!

  • Ari

    Junk yard city. Not very inspirational for the locals or tourists. Go back to the drawing board, meditate a while, find some divinity within you and try again. Please create some beauty in the world.

  • Endofarchitecture

    We have finally reached the era of the McDonald’s-ization of architecture, whereby we are encountering generic sameness wherever we go in every corner of the globe. The internet is contributing heavily to this phenomenon, and websites like Dezeen are equally guilty. There is no regionalism in architecture any more; it has already been commodified into shocking efficiency and predictability whereby something that is suitable for the Western context is also equally suitable for Asia. Something that one would design for New York or London is also equally fitting for Timbuktu, Lagos, Easter Island, Tierra del Fuego and Fiji.

  • gudrun gundula

    Why does everything that MVDVD designs have to look scary?

  • Fizz

    My views fall into the ‘”total nonsense'” camp as far as the architecture goes, but my interest is in the areas of abundant greenery and all those tall palms etc. I’m wondering in reality exactly what depth one would need to take the roots of trees and similar (ie the distance between external roof surface and top storey ceiling), the volume of soil needed and hence the structural requirements to take the weight, not to mention drainage issues. Of course, in renderings one need not worry about minor details like these – just give ’em the dream.

  • anonymous

    It saddens me to read the spiteful attitude that surrounds experimental proposals on sites like these, where anonymous comments combine collectively to form a sort of viral negative energy that can, if they reach a critical mass, kill a project such as this.

    The developer clearly is willing to take a risk, to cooperate with architects in finding an alternative approach to densifying developing world-class cities. It is absolutely critical to the improvement of our future cities that we interrogate the new modes of vertical urbanism, that we find a way to not simply “reproduce the plot,” but rather create new artificial aerial plots that finally liberate us from the ground. This “groundlessness” has simply never been achieved, its potential only loosely imagined in utopian theses and sci-fi culture.

    This project presents the revolutionary possibility of redefining how we conceptualize the super-tall building as a typology that is becoming increasingly dominant across the globe. It is true that the scheme is not much more than the playful stacking of existing conventional typologies (the commercial block, mid-rise housing, terraced housing, the modernist tower), but who is to say that this doesn’t work? It has not been built, nobody can say. The strength of the project is lies in allowing each typology to remain as explicit as possible, so that each stacked element remains as loyal as possible to it’s program.

    The project will be a complete missed opportunity if the developer allows Jakarta’s bureaucrats to reconfigure the building’s internal program into a homogenous and conventional distribution of program, thereby reducing what could be a breakthrough in our discipline to just another iconic image containing conservative and outmoded urbanism.

    There is, however, room for improvement on the design. Architecturally the concept is very rich and carries huge potential, however the design could be better calibrated to maximize the delicious programmatic alchemy that results from such aggressive stacking. What I mean is that building green expanses into the vertical city, the architect is introducing a new parameter into the economics of high-rise development. for example, In Manhattan, plots that are adjacent to central park gained in value as the city densified around them, and the plots were simply reproduced vertically to leverage profit in simple observation that more rent can be charged for rooms with a view of the park. This simple fact is the productive principal for much of Manhattan, and can be for this project too. I would encourage the architects during design development to further research the possibility of stacking with respect to the economics of land speculation and the idea that the green vertically proliferates adjacent plots–so that the park constructs the tower, not the other way around.

    In conclusion, I think the developer must convince the city that the extraordinary expense and spatial inefficiencies of sky parks will quickly pay for themselves and become economic engines in their own right, capable of generating capital and culture of such richness that the building will outperform the critics of it’s iconicity.

    And to you critics, those of you that feel it necessary share your impulsive comments and contribute with cliche superficiality, I plead that you reflect upon the nature of your criticism and reconsider posting content that if at least not intelligent, is sincere.

  • Therefore the developer should convince the city that it has enough carrying capacity to serve this mega-development (which will be almost an impossible task). If you look closely at the existing site context where this project is located, you will find that the design is really out of context. Unquestionably, the renderings don’t show the surrounding conditions of Trunojoyo and Faletehan street. They just put a huge block of building in an empty land. In fact, this particular area is crowded already. There’s already a lot of problems in terms of infrastructure, traffic, clean water, public facilities, etc. Not to mention that the old building (which is a heritage building) should be destroyed. I am not talking with cliched superficiality, but serious sensibility as part of the city.

  • I think I’ve seen this being designed. It was my youngest niece stacking blocks randomly in the garden.

  • disqus_Ucvgiw7beI

    Another death trap.