De Tjolomadoe Adaptive Reuse

Heritage Webinar Series #4
Voices of Indonesia

De Tjolomadoe Adaptive Reuse

Wednesday, January 19, 2022
13.00-15.00 CET or 19.00-21.00 WIB
Discussion is in English

Sinur Linda Gustina, Director of Corporate Strategies and HCM PT PP (Persero) Tbk
Yuke Ardhiati, architect and lecturer, Universitas Pancasila  


Organized by:
Heritage hands-on, Indonesian Diaspora Network the Netherlands (IDN-NL), and IDN Liveable Cities (IDN-LC).

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De Tjolomadoe sugar factory in Surakarta was built in 1862 by the principality ruler Mangkunegara IV. The factory was part of the sugar industry in Java as the world’s second-largest sugar exporter after Cuba in its heyday. The development of de Tjolomadoe Factory has contributed to the success of the sugar industry by setting a production record of 30 million tons in 1930 and has become an export commodity.

As a symbol of history, de Tjolomadoe uncovers cultural identity and values that embody the heritage through its building. By preserving the architecture, de Tjolomadoe conservation attempts to revive the glory of the sugar factory. It has transformed into a new tourist attraction, historical landmark, and convention center to promote the legacy.

One of the stages during the revitalization of de Tjolomadoe is how to reveal the original state of the building’s façade. All kinds of archives, including photograph archives and architectural drawings from 1927, have contributed a lot during the research to find out that the building was built in an Early Art Deco style.  Finally, the building’s façade gains back its glory as it used to be.

Keywords: sugar history, museum, archives, colonial architecture, adaptive reuse, shared heritage, public-private partnership


Heritage Webinar Series
Voices of Indonesia

 Third Wednesday of each month

Indonesia and the Netherlands share a history that is still alive today and cherished 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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