Asia-Pacific Quick Takes | May/June 2022
Legacy Entertainment Bringing Hollywood Magic to Indonesia’s PIK 2
Indonesia is building a brand-new city, about the size of San Francisco, from scratch. Pantai Indah Kapuk 2, more commonly known as PIK 2, is set along 4 kilometers of white sand beaches, about 10 to 20 minutes east of Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. The city is being developed by the Agung Sedayu Group (AGS) and is part of a master plan to alleviate pressure on Jakarta.
To attract locals and tourists to PIK 2, AGS has engaged Hollywood-based Legacy Entertainment to oversee the design and creation of three next-generation destinations. The first—a 15,000-square-meter over-water retail, dining, and entertainment village called Batavia PIK—will open late this year. Inspired by Tahitian and Maldivian bungalows, Batavia PIK will feature 40 restaurants, set on pylons over the water, as well as floating stages.
PIK 2’s second phase includes a mile-long, resort beach development with a water park and science center, while the third phase will feature “Asia’s first food theme park.”
Small Footprint, Big Waves
A boogie boarder prepares to ride the waves in a new AU$14.3 million pool at the Aquatopia Water Park in Fairfield City, Australia, outside Sydney. The pool, designed by New York’s Aquatic Development Group (ADG) and built by Swimplex Aquatics, uses a WaveTek OceanSwell pneumatic wave system and has three distinct applications: waves for beginner surfers, boogie boarders, and general recreation.
“Not having our wave technicians on-site due to COVID restrictions was a challenge to overcome for sure,” says ADG Business Development Manager Lew Wemple. “We spent long nights working from New York with the team in Australia to ensure that all systems were up and working smoothly so that the pool would be ready for opening day.”
An even bigger challenge faced by ADG and Swimplex was to design and build a multiprogrammable wave pool within a compact footprint of only 40 meters in length. Space also needed to be set aside within the pool for swimming lessons. To meet Fairfield City’s needs, ADG enhanced its Breaker Beach boogie boarding pool to enable operators to easily tailor wave intervals for each activity.