This building replaced a dilapidated structure in the heart of the market that was destroyed by fire. It was a logistically difficult build, as existing traders had to be accommodated in temporary buildings so materials could not be stored on site. This meant the solution had to be prefabricated. Heavy traffic also impeded construction but the design solution mitigates congestion by providing four main entrances and six floors of parking. Islamic ornamentation is used for the first time on an Indonesian commercial building to give a sense of harmony and trust. It unites traders from multi-ethnic groups and creates a clear sense of place that has helped to boost visitor numbers, revenues and local property values.
The Aga Khan Trust for Culture, 2011.