Julian Mantik: Creating Oasis in Indonesia Design District

By vira

Founded in1980 by Antony Mantik, PT Alamcipta Nuansahijau is engaged in landscaping business. The founder’s son, Julian Mantik shared insights on the company’s landscape design concept and process carried out in Indonesia Design District (IDD).

STORY BY Vira Tanka | PHOTOS BY Bagus Tri Laksono

Could you tell us about the concept behind IDD’s landscape design?
We aimed to transform IDD into an oasis within PIK, adorned with a variety of vegetation arranged in a modern, aesthetic, and creative way. The vegetation had to be selected carefully, considering the climate of the PIK area, maintenance requirements, and budget constraints.

I hope that when the tenants and visitors walk around the compound feel that they are surrounded by a modern, beautiful, unique and cool atmosphere that makes them enjoy being in IDD.

What does your design process like?

Initially, we examined the concept and layout designed by the architects. From there, we developed conceptual ideas and envisioned the desired atmosphere for each zone, with variations tailored to suit different areas. Afterwards, we started

to choose the trees, bushes and grass that has matching characters with the ornaments, hardscape and waterscape.

Did you experiment with new ideas or unconventional materials in your landscape design for IDD?
Certainly. We placed the elephant’s trunk trees or Moringa drouhardii at the Thamrin lobby, which has not been used

in PIK before. Originating from Africa, this tree thrives in climates similar to that of PIK – hot and dry. Its tall, robust trunk and cascading twigs create a striking silhouette that complements the surrounding waterscape beautifully.

Tell us more about the materials and plants used for the landscape.
We put various kinds of shady trees and palms in the corridors and the main garden to cool off the area and enrich it with a texture, shape and colour play. At the lobby drop-offs we applied a dry garden concept that’s supported with cactus, bromedia, cycas and Pandanus fascicularis, surrounded with rocks.

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