Pertamina Energy Tower


Following SOM’s holistic design approach that integrates architectural design, structural engineering, and sustainable engineering services, Pertamina Energy Tower is the world’s first supertall tower for which energy is the primary design driver. Sustainable strategies at the core of its design are exposed in its simple profile yet sophisticated architectural expression. Gently tapering towards a rounded top, the tower opens up at the crown, revealing a ‘wind funnel’ that will take advantage of the prevailing winds and increased wind speeds at the upper floors to generate energy. Precisely calibrated for Jakarta’s proximity to the equator, the tower’s curved facade will mitigate solar heat gain throughout the year. Exterior sun shades will dramatically improve the workplace environment and save energy by reducing the need for artificial lighting in the office interiors. Overall, the development is targeting net zero energy.

Located in Jakarta’s Rasuna Epicentrum neighborhood, the iconic campus will serve as a city within a city, blending together living, working and playing while serving as a model of sustainability, efficiency, and collaborative workplace design. A 2,000-seat auditorium for lectures and performances and a public mosque offer vibrant public spaces and communal meeting areas, while a central energy plant will serve as the energy production hub for the campus — a literal and figurative “heart” from which energy and services will be distributed. The “Energy Ribbon”, a covered walkway that provides sun and rain protection and generates energy through photovoltaics along its roof surface, links the campus, spanning across land bridges and gardens to create an array of accessible public spaces.

SOM’s Luke Leung presented Deep Decarbonization Workshop at NREL on 8 December 2016. The workshop presentation focused on innovations in building sustainability around the 500-meter Pertamina Tower project, to be built in Jakarta, Indoensia.

The presentation slides from the workshop are available below for download.



Luke Leung PE, LEED

Director, Sustainable Engineering
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill