Type : Office
Location : Bali, Indonesia
Year : 2008
Service : Architecture
Site area : 1500 m2
Build area : 2000 m2
This project poses a challenge for the architect to alter an old unused car showroom into a mixed-use construction with various functions, including those of a a car gallery, a cafe, a boutique, a bookstore and an office, compiled inside a 2-storey building. The main idea for development comes from a multi-purpose commercial center comprising two identities; a business hub and an urban centre which can accommodate the many activities of a town. This initial concept resulted in a horizontal spacing program rather than a vertical one.
V Center is split into three main parts, a glass box, a floating gallery, and a hanging bridge. The glass box is used as the main entrance as well as a commercial public space which gives access to other commercial public facilities such as the cafe and the auditorium. The floating gallery and the hanging bridge are respectively used as a sizeable and flexible exhibition room.
The challenge faced by the architects is how to gather various programs under one roof and turn it into a single structure used as a one-stop shopping centre for the people of Bali, while at the same time ensuring that each program showcases a distinctive feel. The commercial centre concept itself has actually shifted from a place for commercial activities into an urbane concept that goes beyond the achievements of a particular society. In the future, a commercial centre should be able to house several urbane experiences, which means that the town's energy as well as the commercial centre itself can freely flow into and out of the building. A commercial centre nowadays is regarded more as a three dimensional energy of a town and a hybrid space where people from all walks of life can meet and create various unexpected happenings. V Center aims to be an urbane connector with the vision of becoming the heart of business as well as a cultural spot and a public area for the people.
Jan Steven Tjandra, Lisa Teo, Ardy Berrylian