Tanatap Wall Garden, Semarang, Indonesia

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Wall garden was created as a reflection from RAD+ar on the search of significance and evolving roles of walls in contemporary architectural practice, in which the designer is experimenting on how walls contribute to the overall aesthetic and functionality of buildings in showcasing innovative use of walls in shaping spaces and its integration with existing nature.



Started with a question, whether it is possible to create a commercial space with simply the significance of basic architecture such as a wall, 3 slashes of straight line were drawn right in the middle of the site. With a consistent difference in their height, 3 separated walls erected playfully twirling between the existing lush existing trees. Reflection entrance garden, backyard garden, and creative amphitheater is connected thru existing trees, with indoor aircon area created as the consequential spaces in between. Spaces with no hierarchy was created, from façade to the amphitheater and garden backyard is visually connected, blending in with dancing structural walls that contribute to the overall aesthetic and functionality of buildings.




Architecture has never been just an end in itself; it has always had a social relevance and it is never alone, but always in dialogue with his environment. For this reason, design aims are to intertwine the interior and the exterior, to create a genuine connection with the interior environment and, at the same time, aim for a unique architectural design and special comfort. Only by achieving that can the high expectations of today's guests be met; guests for whom the experience of nature is part of an integrated environment.



Wall garden celebrates its porosity being as open as possible as a contribution to the cityscape. The building was nothing more than just a maze underneath a series of greeneries that hovers double shaded – low energy indoor area. Oasis-like reflection garden, is 800sqm water catchment area as main feature of entrance, let the building to be independent and off grid, returning all the process water and rainwater harvesting back to ground within the site. Creating many causal contrast spaces that are produced from optimizing negative section spaces. Built as a commercial garden in the effort of retrofitting old parking space in the middle of compact commercial area, as many other experimental Tanatap commercial garden design, use this particular location to prove a point that regardless the macro environment challenge, a passive low energy commercial design would still be achievable and profitable in tropical-developing country.













Principal ArchitectsAntonius Richard Rusli

Structural EngineeringLanakarya Contractor

ContractorLanakarya Contractor

Character of SpaceCaféRestauranntBar

Total Floor Area2500

LocationSemarang, Indonesia

PhotosMario Wibowo


CollatorAngel Chi