REST AREA CAN INSTIGATE COMMUNITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
KM-88 REST AREA
Rest areas along tollway corridors have been forgotten for their lack of contribution as people's places. They were merely utility. They are neither here nor there.
But with the rise of megacities, connecting people's aspirations with real opportunities, these transient spaces should legitimately become people's places by articulating and advancing characters and qualities of cities they link and serve, near or far. These sound-byte places quickly becoming much more relevant urban-rural nodes that help create jobs, uncover local potentials, and even opening up more and more of perimeter regions to adaptive reuse of their current land uses, as in the context of Jakarta - Bandung economic corridor, to be closer to their best potential. Rest areas can indeed become a beacon for their surrounding communities, the kind of windows to the outside world, that works as magnet and hub for goods and services to channel through diverse programs not traditionally seen in a transportation corridor but in a more vibrant live-work-play environment.
Rest Area Km 88 Cipularang Tollway located in a corridor that connects the vibrant Jakarta with its dynamic second-tier city of Bandung is now envisioned to serve as a model for similar utilitarian facility around the country. While the 20 hectare oasis placed on the corridor towards Bandung is conceived as family-friendly nature immersion place to rest along this tollway corridor, another 20 hectare land toward Jakarta as its pair and placed on the corridor towards Jakarta will be transformed into urban eclectic entertainment immersion place. The traditional place for rest and respite is now offers connectivity, physically and digitally, showcases commitment to sustainability, and even bring local harvest and surrounding outputs to the high impact and high performing network of on-road travel facilities. Surrounded by mountain vista, these two connected places redefine architectural intervention to urban-rural connector into a high performing facilities that fully respect the tapestry of agricultural heritage, art and craft collectives, and human capital development needs. People can meet, greet and weed out ideas and collective actions in an environment that simulate common civic places in their respective urban centers.