U Star Square
Located in Balikpapan, a vast developed city with mineral companies established their outpost there, this 4 star hotel project accommodate specific market for expatriates and business purposes.
Because of significant topography like most Balikpapan terrains, there are three levels on ground of the building : The ground floor (hotel lobby and restaurant), basement 1 (parking and back-of-the-house), and basement 2 (parking and utilities).
The concept for the facade is to replicate Balikpapan's mountainous landscape. using aluminum fins, the top was cut to create sloping silhouette. The triangular shape is repeated on the tower facade module and the building crown. The local influence is strengthen with traditional Dayak pattern embossed on the fins. Locality is one of the strong points on the building design. This is why several elements of the interiors is also crafted using the same Dayak pattern and wooden material, regarding Kalimantan as the haven for tropical forest.
To maximize the square type site, while keeping a proportional corridor and rooms configuration, as well as aligning the best view and orientation for the hotel rooms, the typical floors are 'L' shaped with one wing is double loaded. This results in a large volume of natural sunlight penetrating into the corridor. The best view from the building is stretching from east to west, looking towards the coastline of Manado Bay and Manado Tua volcaninc island. The East to South view also potential, with view to Manado city center and Mount Klabat.
Owner PT. Artoda Karya Gemilang
Project Type Hotel
Site Area 784 sqm (part of masterplan)
Total Building Area 11,070 sqm
Number of Storey(s) 17 storeys & 1 basements
Location Star Square, Jl.Wolter Monginsidi,
Manado, North Sulawesi
Design Period 2016 - 2017 (est.)
Architectural Consultant PT.Atelier Una Indonesia
Structural Consultant PT. Kotak Desain Megahindo
MEP Consultant PT. Kotak Design Megahindo
Interior Consultant PT. Atelier Una Indonesia
Hotel Operator U Hotel and Resorts, Ltd
Quantity Surveyor PT. Wijaya Karya