JAKARTA, Jan 30 — Bandung’s credentials as Indonesia’s hippest, most forward-thinking city just got a boost in the form of Pritzker Prize-winning architect, Zaha Hadid.
The Jakarta Post reported yesterday that the British-Iraqi architect has been commissioned to design the city’s upcoming playhouse in the Cikutra neighbourhood.
A provincial government official confirmed to the newspaper that Bandung Mayor Ridwan Kamil and Zaha Hadid’s team met in Bandung yesterday.
It is understood that the playhouse’s design will feature unique characteristics of West Java such as the megamendung cloud-patterned batik from Cirebon, among others.
In addition to the playhouse, the four-hectare plot of land in Cikutra will also host commercial enterprises such as a shopping mall and hotel, the newspaper added. It is thought, however, that none of these additional projects will be designed by Hadid.