SOM’s Indonesia tower will harness wind power


Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) has unveiled designs for a tower in Jakarta, planned to rise up to 500m high and will harvest wind energy through an opening at its peak.

The tower is set to become even taller than Wisma 46, Indonesua’s tallest building to date and will include an integrated “wind funnel” that generates energy from prevailing air currents.

SOM’s tower is set to become the headquarters for government oil and gas corporation, Pertamina and will be built as part of a campus that will also include a mosque, performing arts and exhibition centre, sports facilities and an energy plants.


The glazed exterior will taper towards the top to frame the opening of the wind funnel, featuring solar shades that allow natural light that doesn’t result in solar heat gain.

“Pertamina Energy Tower’s iconic presence will stand as a model of sustainability and efficiency, as well as collaborative workplace design,” said SOM director, Scott Duncan.

“The headquarters’ performance-driven design supports and reflects the ambition of Pertamina’s mission and forges an innovative model of green development in Jakarta.”

The building is scheduled for completion in 2020.

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