Urban design

Pasar Johar Revitalization Masterplan

Semarang, Indonesia

Dinas Tata Kota dan Perumahan Kota Semarang

Site Area:
5.1 ha

Traditional marketplace and public open space

Scope of Work

The project breathes a new life into the historic Pasar Johar and its surroundings, a heritage site that succumbed to fire in 2015. Pasar Johar stands as an important economic hub for Semarang and a memorable part of the city's rich history. Initially constructed in the 1930s by the visionary architect Thomas Karsten, the market was designed around the alun-alun, a public plaza, across the Kauman Great Mosque, another significant historical building. Over time, the plaza was gradually infringed upon by the expanding marketplace. In addition to restoring the charred heritage building, the comprehensive revitalization masterplan also envisions reclaiming the public space that was once occupied by the market's expansion and creating a new market building to the south of the plaza. This revitalized public space will include a Qibla-oriented extension of the Kauman Great Mosque, catering to Eid prayers. Beneath this newly designed public plaza, a market area will offer natural ventilation and ample natural lighting through strategically placed light wells. The public space will seamlessly connect the two heritage buildings, further strengthening their historical significance, and the new marketplace building to the south will harmoniously echo the architectural style of the original heritage marketplace.