In designing the interiors of the new Park Hyatt Jakarta, Conran and Partners looked beyond the cityscape to Indonesia’s broader cultural and natural heritage for inspiration.
6 January, 2023
Opened July last year, Park Hyatt Jakarta is not just the well-known international chain’s latest hotel. Considering the calm elegance of its interiors; its inclusion of indigenous natural materials, handicrafts and artworks; its spacious interiors; and so forth, it is also one Hyatt’s most luxurious destination.
The hotel is located at Menteng, within Jakarta’s financial and diplomatic centre. Established in the early 20th century as a garden city, the district is well-known for its heritage architecture and peaceful tree-lined streets. Now open and fully operational, the Park Hyatt Jakarta presents as a welcome addition to this elegant neighbourhood.
The hotel’s interiors, which occupy the first three and uppermost 17 floors of a striking tower developed by MNC Land, were designed by Conran and Partners, an international practice with studios in London and Hong Kong. In bringing the project to completion, the designers found inspiration in both the modern city of Jakarta and, more broadly, the ancient natural environment of the Indonesian archipelago.
“Park Hyatt Jakarta is unashamedly contemporary while combining the urban modernity of Jakarta with the natural heritage of the country it represents – a symbol of modern Jakarta with the heart of Indonesia at its core,” shares Tina Norden, Partner at Conran and Partners.
“For instance, the wealth of natural resources found in Indonesia’s 17,000+ islands inspired our material palette, from using copper, of which Indonesia is a prime exporter, to warm timbers and black stone referencing the lava of the many volcanos on the islands.”
The visual journey throughout the property symbolises the layers of a rainforest. Much like the forest floor, the lower levels of the hotel bear a richer, darker colour scheme. The palette gradually lightens towards the higher floors with warm tones incorporated throughout, as if transporting guests from Jakarta’s urban bustle into a tranquil and comforting environment overlooking the city.
Considering these sources of inspiration, and the designers’ obvious attention to detail, guests to the hotel can expect to be impressed. Upon arrival at the Sky Lobby on level 23, for example, they can look forward to stunning skyline views, a dramatic passage with copper archways and ceremonial artwork, and a Patisserie designed as an external terrace.
In terms of accommodation, there are 220 oversized guest rooms available, including 36 suites. Bright and airy, each feature large windows, framed by a central corridor in the black stone; elegant, slatted screens that separate sleeping areas from spaces for working and relaxation; bespoke glass and copper pendants. Handwoven ikat textile motifs as well as intricate wood carvings add to the welcoming oasis of calm.
The hotel’s stylish restaurants and bars are designed for socialisation. Occupying two levels, The Dining Room features a spiral staircase and is configured around a big, open kitchen with a wood-fired oven. An authentic Japanese restaurant and bar with its lofty timber ceiling, planting and brick stone floor gives a sense of an open, external terrace space. that occupies two levels).
Emerging from the central core and trunk of the building expressed by the dark textured stone, The Spa is light, airy and features stunning panoramic views and terraces. Guests are welcomed into a spacious walkway with several artworks, from a dramatic row of intricate small sculptures to a large timber sphere. The feature pool is roofed over but open to the elements and leads seamlessly to an open terrace with a pool bar.
Viewed separately, each of these facilities and design features is impressive. Viewed together, they confirm the overall success of the project and help define the Park Hyatt Jakarta as a landmark hotel for Indonesia.
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