With a cinema, food courts and a number of consumer pleasures, the Lombok Epicentrum Mall (LEM) is Lombok’s biggest and fanciest with four floors. For Indonesians, the shopping mall is much more than a place to spend money in air-conditioned comfort. Epicentrum Mall has been designed to accommodate the desires of Mataram and greater Lombok’s growing population. The shopping mall has become a social meeting place for people throughout Indonesia. The main atrium provides the largest public indoor place for the people of Lombok to meet for social events, while the food and beverage corridors provide more intimate social areas.

LEM also provides, for the first time, access to many national and international brands. LEM has quickly established itself into the community of Mataram and has become a building the city is proud of. The design of the building takes inspiration from the sea which surrounds the island of Lombok. The flowing facade elicits the movement of the ocean, while the interior design takes themes from nautical architecture and other maritime elements. All whilst maintaining a very functional, easy to navigate and honest building.

The building looks like no other and has become an icon for the city of Mataram. The design incorporates various environmentally sustainable design techniques to reduce the overall impact on the environment. The flowing facade acts as a second skin to reduce heat gain by preventing direct sunlight from hitting the glass shop fronts. Windows along the ceilings are throughout the building to allow for natural lighting during the day. The materials used are a mix of new technologies and traditional techniques, which reduce the amount of imported materials. You simply won’t be able to miss this huge four-storey mall when driving along Jalan Sriwijaya, particularly after dark when it is illuminated with bright neon lights.

Mataram Mall, for so long was the solitary shopping centre in central Mataram, but now has serious competition. Lombok Epicentrum Mall (LEM) has a similar design template to the numerous urban malls found throughout Jakarta with a sprawling open plan ground floor flanked by boutique stores and escalators leading to other floors. This is where varied entertainment takes place on a regular basis and in its short history so far has hosted talent shows, cultural performances and live music.

The mall has several big anchor stores such as a Matahari department store and a large Hypermart supermarket. Other notable retailers include Ace Hardware and an Informa furniture showroom. There is also a full complement of fashion boutiques, sportswear, shoes, homeware, electronics and gift shops to browse.

Arguably the standout feature at ‘LEM’ is the arrival of Lombok’s first ever movie theater complex run by Cinema XXI, Indonesia’s biggest cinema chain. It has regular screenings of popular movies for all ages and families. For children, the busy Timezone amusement arcade has all the requisite hi-tech video games and even fairground-style bumper cars.

Shopping on this scale is hungry work but thankfully there are numerous places to take a break for a bite to eat. The lower level features a raft of small eateries and deli-style cafes alongside familiar names such as KFC, Starbucks, J&Co and Bread Talk. The mall is well designed, allowing for the easy flow of people, and never feels overcrowded even on the busiest days. Traffic in an out of the mall also flows remarkably well for Lombok standards and there is ample parking space for hundreds of vehicles.

Overall a great place to shop, eat and enjoy for tourists and locals alike!