Cihampelas City Walk

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Cihampelas City Walk in Bandung city, Indonesia

Name Cihampelas City Walk
Place Jalan Cihampelas, Bandung
Country Indonesia
Topic Commercial Environment
Author(s) Nino Christian Handoyo
Completion Please enter the date of completion
Client Deni (as the investor)
Project costs Please enter the costs (if known)
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Rationale: Why is this case study interesting?

The architect uses a unique concept this project. The architect designed this shopping center to provide a commercial area for Bandung citizens without destroy the nature. Because the exsisting form of this site is a grove . That's why the architect presents the concept of city walk (ciwalk) , so this shopping center offers 'a shopping center/ space in the middle of a town' atmposhere, or we can call it broadway atmospehre (shopping townatmospehre)

There's a lot of green spaces and also plaza in this project , which has function as a connector from one retail shop area to the other retail shop area.

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Balance and the local content theory

Landscape and/or urban context

  • Biogeography:

Bandung, the capital of West Java province, located about 180 km (112 miles) southeast of Jakarta, is the fourth largest city in Indonesia :

  • 1. with over 2.6 million population in 2006 and over 6.7 million people on the greater Bandung regency & metropolitan area. It's rated the fastest growing city / urban region in Indonesia
  • 2. Its elevation is 768 metres (2,520 ft) above sea level and is surrounded by up to 2,400 m (7,874 ft) high Late Tertiary and Quarternary volcanic terrain.
  • 3. The 400 km² flat of central Bandung plain is situated in the middle of 2,340.88 km² wide of the Bandung Basin; the basin comprises Bandung, the Cimahi satellite city, part of Bandung Regency, and part of Sumedang Regency.
  • 4. The basin's main river is the Citarum; one of its branches, the Cikapundung, divides Bandung from north to south before it merges with Citarum again in Karawang. The Bandung Basin is an important source of water for drinking water, irrigation and fisheries, and its 6,147 million m³ of groundwater is a major reservoir for the city.
  • History:

Jalan Cihampelas is, amongst the tourists, better known as Jeansstreet. In the past, it was a cheap and therefore, popular place to score some new jeans. Although the prices have been increasing steadily, and a bargain is found better in other places in Bandung these days, Chihampelas is still worth a visit. Not so much because of the enormous amount of clothing that is displayed in abundance at the shops lining the busy street, since unfortunately quality is dubious and it mostly concerns tacky shirts with poorly glued on brand names. The ‘attraction' lies in the huge statues of all-time favourite moviestars that adorn the fronts of the shops. Sylvester Stallone as Rambo, inclusive of bazooka, is lined up next to Spiderman, while on the opposite side of the street Batman invites you to take a look inside the ‘Superhero Factory Outlet'.

The kitsch glamour that Cihampelas displays is quite a sight, although more in a grotesque way than genuinely attractive. ‘Cheap' is indeed a word that will come to mind, be it not in the moneysaving sense of it. The street itself is very busy, with traffic congestions all day round, and a lot of street vendors, offering to sew your newly-bought jeans for actual fit, as well as other strange paraphernalia such as BB guns, and miniature kung fu fighters. This is all accompanied by the loud music that is supposed to attract customers to the shops.

All in all, the sounds and sights plus the lack of sidewalks make Cihampelas a slightly tiring experience, but nevertheless a spectacle of distaste and kitsch in its purest albeit most dilapidated form. For a more sterile environment head over to the Ci walk, a favourite amongst Bandung's more wealthy shoppers. It consists of a conglomeration of more up market shops in a European themed atmosphere. It is called a ‘new concept' mall, and in effect, tries to offer another shopping experience by creating a themed setting and added security while deducting traffic and other ‘undesirable elements' such as beggars and street vendors. Most worldwide chains and branches such as Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts are represented and some family restaurants with Japanese and Chinese menus. Both Cihampelas and Ci walk are easily reachable by car, the Ci walk spurs a big secure parking lot. To get there by angkot, just take any green minivan that says Cihampelas on the front window and get off at the sight of the superheroes looming large over your head.

Cultural/social/political context

Bandung economy is mainly built upon tourism, manufacturing, textile/apparel, education institutions, technology, retail, services, financial, pharmaceutical, food, among others. Those are the major investments and most popular fields/industries being sought here.[28] Bandung has nearly 50 higher educational institutions and is among the most popular destination for education in Indonesia. Creative-based culture has shaped the basis of Bandung economy. The once quiet residential district of Dago has become an important business and entertainment centre. Chic cafes and restaurants are spreading out along Dago Street. In the early 1990s Cihampelas Street became a popular clothing store location.

The distro sell stylish non-trademarked products, made by local designers. Books, indie label records, magazines, fashion products and other accessories are typical distro products. After their products receive large teenagers attention, then these local designers make their own clothing company. Now, there are more than 200 local brand names in Bandung. Distro distance itself from factory outlet in term of its philosophy. Distros come from individual designers and young entrepreneurs, while factory outlet products come from a garment factory.[29]


As i mentioned above , this site was a groove with a lot of trees and green area there. This site is located in jalan Cihampelas. Actually the purpose of this project is to support the 'trading and shopping atmosphere' in Cihampelas.

We have known now that (about the history of Cihampelas city) the Cihampelas street constitutes the famous 'cloth and mode ' center in Bandung city. There are a lot of fashion (for men and women) shop along the Cihampelas street. That is the strong reason for the owner (Deni) to build a new shopping center here or we can call it shopping mall area.

Starting with the groove form, of course it was not an easy job for the architect to get along with this condition. He can not just remove the trees and the green area which have been there before. Thus he tried to treat the existing trees there as a criterion of the shopping mall building.

The result is a shopping mall building (the 'Broadway' concept) along with a good quality outdoor space. We could say that the architect doesn't make the 'groove' identity dissapeared. Thus the site still has the groove atmosphere along with the modern shopping mal building.

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Core questions working group open spaces

How does the design of an open space contribute to a run down neighbourhood?

Judging to the 'broadway' concept of this project, i could say that this project gives a lot of opportunity for the citizens there to gather with the other people in the outdoor area, As a matter of fact, the oudoor area is about 60% of the total site.

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