Place-Making for Historical Buildings in Jakarta 

November 17, 2021
10.00-12.00 CET or 16.00-18.00 WIB

Discussion is in English

Ar. Yacobus Gatot Surarjo
(Architect MBloc and Pos Bloc, Jakarta)
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Organized by Heritage hands-on, Indonesian Diaspora Network the Netherlands (IDN-NL), and IDN Liveable Cities (IDN-LC).

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Place-Making for Historical Buildings in Jakarta

Batavia (current Jakarta) has been built by the Netherlands-Indies Government since 1619 started from the north part and over the centuries expanded to the south part. Residences, public facilities, defense structures, offices, and warehouses were built as witnesses of flourishing economic development during the colonial era.

The public facility included a post office built in 1913 as Hoofd Post- en Telegraafkantoor designed by the architect Johan van Hoytema (1884-1955). After the Independence of Indonesia, it belongs to PT Pos Indonesia as Kantor Filateli. This building went through a makeover and transformed into a new function in September 2021 called Pos Bloc.

Another example is MBloc, a former Pertjetakan Printworks, which was opened in 1955. The Pertjetakan Printworks was located at the very heart of Kebayoran Baru, with typical Indonesian Art-Deco style. This company produced banknotes, coins, and security papers. MBloc building was vacant since 2005 but since September 2019 it has been renovated and reused as a new hotspot of Jakarta.

These two renovation projects are examples of place-making approaches in Jakarta. The architect, Yacobus Gatot Surarjo will share his experiences related to these two projects.

Keywords: colonial architecture, adaptive reuse, placemaking, shared heritage, public-private partnership, and creative industry.


Heritage Webinar Series

Voices of Indonesia

 Third Wednesday of each month

Indonesia and Netherlands share a history that is still alive today and cherish in both countries. It is important to build understanding about the shared history that has many facets. To be able to achieve the understanding, regular communication through a webinar series will be helpful.

Second, the webinar series is mainly to share voices from Indonesia to the Netherlands to update the general public and heritage professionals in the Netherlands about the latest development of shared heritage in Indonesia.

Hopefully, the webinar series contributes to bilateral relations between the two countries in the effort to build bridges between the two countries. 


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