Art Deco, Bandung
I have just finished my small research about old streets and buildings in Bandung. I found that Bandung is one of the richest collection of Art Deco buildings in the world. The Dutch started to build these buildings in early 1900s and they are still there in Bandung.
The Oldest house I found in the story of Bandung is on Jalan Cihampelas. The house, located on Cihampelas 108, is now a fashion factory outlet named Parijs Van Java. Then I went to Braga Street and Asia Afrika Street. The roads were built in 1800s when Deandles built a postal road from West Java to East Java and passing this city. It is then called the postweg, or postal road.
Merdeka building is the most prominent 'walls' of Bandung since the Asian African Conference held in 1955 was staged here. This event led the Asian and African countries to their independence during the end of World War II. The building is encircled by newly rehabilitated old streets like the Braga and Asia Africa Street. There is this street painting gallery open since a decade ago. They sell good paintings and the cafes on Braga streets are cozy.
If you go to Bandung, visit the icon of the city, Satay Building, built in 1920s by J. Gerber. The art deco style is incomparable and my architecture friends from the neighboring country was happy to see this building. Close to this one is the Geology Museum, built in 1928. There should be a cafe around the street accross. Traditional delicacies and drinks are available.
No, this isn't a Hotel tip.
It's too expensive for us but we went and had a look at this nice hotel because it's supposed to be an Art Deco Hotel.
Well, the bar was closed (pity, it looked beautiful) and for the rest we saw some old and nice furniture but that was all there was.
Not very Art Deco for people like us who are used recognise this type of architecture.
Before i took off to Indonesie, I somewhere read that there are only 3 cities outside which deserve deserve the predicate Art Deco City and these were Miami, Florida and a city in New Zealand.
The third was Bandung, Indonesia.
Be cause it was on our road to Yogyakarta, I wouldn't miss it.
What a disappointment. Bandung, the second largest city of Java is a crazy, noisy city
This bakery on the other hand is beautiful
In the end of Jalan Braga we can see the architect add local taste on the building. Here in two side of the building there is Kala, manifestation of God Shiva, destroyer but believed to be guard. Everything under Kala(time). A nice blend.
Other great examples of the art deco style are the Preanger (now Grand Hotel Preanger) and Savoy Homann hotel, the Vila Isola, Bank Jabar (formerly Denis Insurance Co building), Gedung Pembangunan Daerah, Dago Tea Villa, Three Colour Villa and Gedung Merdeka.
Bandung is the city with the biggest concentrations of vintage art deco architecture left standing, making west java's capital a treasure trove for architecture buffs. Architects of the Amsterdam School began to make their mark on many of the new commercial, institutional and residential villas of the 1920s and 1930s, some of the most influential being Van der Mey, De Klerk, Luthman and Kramer. Picking up on eastern cultural influences, these architects had a large impact on the directions of Indonesian architecture.
One of the unique characteristics of this place is that traditional art performances are staged with a natural background of mountains, ricefields and plantations. Bamboo handicraft and musical instruments are made and sold here. Mang Udjo's 'Angklungs' are well-known because of his fine workmanship and exact tuning of these bamboo musical instruments.
Bandungs main attraction: namely. its fine collection of Art Deco architecture, built between 1920 and 1940 when Bandung was the sophisticated European town of the Dutch East Indies. Bandung is recognized as one of three cities in the world whit 'tropical Art Deco' architecture (the others being Miami, Florida and Napier, New Zealand).
The impresive Art Deco buildings are:
Savoy Homann Hotel, on Jalan Asia Africa, built in 1938.
Preanger Hotel, on Jalan Asia Africa, built in 1889.
Bank of Indonesia, Jalan Braga, built in 1920.
Gedung Sate, Jalan Diponegoro, built in 1920.
Museum Post and Philately, Jalan Cilaki, built in 1920.
Geological Museum, Jalan Cilaki, built in 1920.
Designed by CP Wolff Schoemaker, this church now exist as a protestant church. So catchy, as a final in an end of art deco row.