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Crown Group brings Sydney Harbour glamour to the Jakarta waterfront

Crown Group brings Sydney Harbour glamour to the Jakarta waterfront

By Hamish McDougall

Sydney, Hong Kong, San Fransisco, Venice… Jakarta? The world’s great waterfront cities are soon to be joined by the Indonesian capital, with the announcement by Australia’s Crown Group of a record-setting development in Ancol, Jakarta.

Known more for its urban sprawl and snarling congestion, Jakarta is set for some Sydney Harbour glamour as Crown Group eyes off the stunning Ancol Bay area for a groundbreaking new project.

The vision is to create a landmark that will be the jewel of Indonesia and a marina that the world hasn’t seen before. We will be the first to bring waterfront living to Jakarta, inspired by the world’s best – Sydney’s famous Darling Harbour and Circular Quay.

Iwan Sunito, chairman and CEO, Crown Group
Crown Group's Ancol, Jakarta development including the marina

These moody illustrations showcase the spectacular vision for the 4.7-hectare bayfront site, where an undulating series of towers will feature 2,000 luxury homes as well as 97,000 sqft of retail boutiques, restaurants and bars and a commercial precinct.

Coming in at a cost of AUD $1 billion, the Ancol, Jakarta development will also offer a marina and beach club, along with dining, nightlife and wellness facilities such as a network of outdoor terraces, boulevards and jogging tracks.

Continuing their longstanding partnership, Crown Group is working with architect Koichi Takada on the project, who has taken inspiration from Indonesia’s natural environment to create cascading terraces giving on to the waterfront views, and surrounded by greenery.

The site is on the edge of the land, facing the Java Sea. As you fly into Jakarta, you see the Ancol development with its collection of eight high rises that almost appear like an Indonesian archipelago, rising out of the sea.

Koichi Takada, architect
Crown Group's concept for the Ancol, Jakarta waterfront development

Crown Group is partnering with local developer PT Pembangunan Jaya Ancol, best known for creating the largest tourist park in South East Asia – also in Ancol Bay, and still drawing 300,000 visitors a year to its Dreamland amusement park, SeaWorld, championship golf course and hotels. That development may have put Ancol Bay on the tourist agenda, but it’s this latest project that will truly put it on the map.

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