More than 100 hectares of the Gelora Bung Karno area is green open land that can be used as a forum for accommodating various community activities, both sports and non-sports. The Gelora Bung Karno sports area has an international standard venue, integrated, and equipped with public facilities wrapped in green open space. The biggest renovation in the history of GBK's existence presents a new face that adorns old buildings that are more than half a century old and scattered at several points in the GBK area.
Changes in the times that are so dynamic have not compromised the nuances of classic buildings in the style of cultural heritage buildings that are the heritage of this nation. This is because changes / renovations carried out prior to the 2018 Asian Games have not changed the structure of cultural heritage buildings in the GBK area. The touch of landscape arrangement which is very thick with a variety of richness of Indonesian diversity and culture increasingly beautifies the GBK area. The cool touch of a Senior Architect with the nickname "Pendekar Architectural Nusantara" named Gregorius Yori Antar or better known as Yori Antar succeeded in incorporating elements of the various cultures of the archipelago which synergized with each other in the GBK area. Thick cultural diversity can be seen especially in the ornaments adorning the four main plazas.
"As we know, GBK has a concept that is very thick with the legacy of the independence era, this is a development of the vision of President Soekarno through architectural and civilian experts from Russia. Modern classical architecture colored the construction of the GBK complex. The arrangement of the area focuses on a classic modern architectural style that must be maintained so that our task is to enrich the landscape, especially in the four main plazas. The challenge is how to present our Indonesianness. Indonesian people have DNA (Deoxyribo Nucleic Acid) for two seasons, so they tend to have a lot of activities outside (outdoors). This is what underlies us to present green open spaces that can be used by the community to carry out various activities. This outdoor space is also used to represent an environmentally friendly garden decorated with rich traditions and cultures of the archipelago in the form of dance, weaving, sculpture and carvings, ”explained Yori Antar.
The four main plazas in the GBK area are decorated with various cultures representing the four corners of Indonesia. The West Plaza is decorated with cultures originating from the West Indonesia region represented by the Batik Parang motif from Java Island and the Songket motif from Palembang combined with the human DNA motif. In addition, the indentation on the plaza dividing wall is also a representation of the Yellow Sirih Dance. The North Plaza is decorated with culture originating from the Central Indonesian region (north side) represented by the Batik Benang B spot motif from the island of Borneo and the Tongkonan motif from Toraja which also blends with the human DNA motif. The indentation motif on the North Plaza dividing wall is a representation of the hornbill dance. Plaza Tenggara is decorated with culture originating from the Central Indonesia region (south side) represented by Sasambo motifs from Lombok and Gringsing motifs from Bali which also blends with human DNA motifs while the dividing curve is inspired by Pendet dance. Plaza Timur is decorated with cultures originating from the Eastern region represented by the Asmat motif from Papua and the Fertility Statue motif from Maluku which also blends with human DNA motifs while the curves of the barrier are inspired by the Mambri dance.
With such a landscape arrangement, the GBK area is more beautiful with open spaces that have their own color. The GBK area is not only a sports area which is the pride of the Indonesian people but is also capable of being a green open space where people can not only exercise and socialize but can also enjoy the rich fruits of Indonesian culture.