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Lasem, as one of the first city where the Chinese first landed in Indonesia, might have the closest ambience to the ancient cities of China. However, acculturation between both the local Javanese and the Chinese is inevitable. One of those are materialized in the form of architecture.
Despite its main function as a hostel, The Red House - its nick name (not to be confused with Mr.Grey’s Red Room), is actually a low rise mixed use compound which incorporate several other function as well.
Upon arrival at the compound in the east, there lies commercial function restaurant & cafe. Moving westward, visitors are directed to a courtyard, a typical feature found on almost all Chinese houses which is converted to a Batik gallery, workshop, and a reception desk welcoming the guests of the hostel.
From there, guests are guided through a hallway of batik gallery displaying the batik of Lasem along with the stories and philosophy behind them.
At the end of the hallway, we reach the main building of the compound which function as living area and rooms for rent, surrounded by terrace
The whole parts of the building are fully furnished with Chinese antiques and ornaments down to the details.
not adding additional washroom on each room.
Just like the old days, guests will have to go all the way to the back to wash. Not to worry though, because water taps and showers are provided already, so you don’t have to get the clean water from the well.
The National Mosque of Malaysia (Masjid Negara Malaysia) is located in Kuala Lumpur with a capacity of 15,000 people and is situated among 13 acres of beautiful gardens.
The original structure was designed by a joint team from the Public Works Department - UK architect Howard Ashley, and Malaysians Hisham Albakri and Baharuddin Kassim.
The mosque was built in 1965 on the site of a church, the Venning Road Brethren Gospel Hall which had stood there since 1922 but appropriated by the Malaysian government and moved to another site on Jalan Imbi.
The mosque is built with reinforced concrete structure system, which symbolize the aspirations of a then newly-independent Malaysia,and has several prominent key features as such:
A minaret and an concrete main roof.
Both inspired by the shape of an umbrella, which is synonymous with the tropics. The 18-pointed star of main roof is reminiscent of an open umbrella while, the 75-metre-high minaret's cap a folded one.
The main roof was once coloured pink, and now clad with blue & green tiles. The number 18 comes from the 13 state of malaysia & the 5 pillars of Islam
Concrete folded plates are used to achieve larger spans required in the halls of the mosque
l Reflecting pools and fountains spread throughout the compound, and act as a passive cooling system for the whole compound
Wide & large shaded verandas covered the circulation inside the mosque compound, providing shades from direct sunlight, protection from rain, and allowing the building to breathe freely.
Taman Sari, Yogyakarta
It is one of the earliest royal mixed use that consists of resting area, workshop, meditation area, defense area, hiding place. Here are some facts about this place which you might not know:
It is also called "water castle" (Dutch: waterkasteel); as by shutting the watergates, the complex would be completely immersed in water, leaving tall structures standing out. Talking about a real life version of Kevin Costner’s fictional Water World, in the past.
Built by Foreign Architect
The manuscript of Serat Rerenggan mentions the story of Demang Tegis, a Portuguese man said to be one of the architect of Taman Sari. According to the manuscript, a strange man suddenly appeared in Mancingan Village (a locality name on the south coast of Java near Parangtritis). With long nose, white complexion, and a foreign language, the villagers suspected that the person was some kind of spirit or forest fairy. They presented him to the current sultan, Hamengkubuwono II. Apparently the sultan found interest in the person and took the strange man as his servant.
After some times, the man had finally learned to talk in Javanese. According to him, he was a Portuguese (or in Javanese, Portegis) who was stranded from a shipwreck. He also claimed to have been a housebuilder, so the sultan ordered him to erect a fortress. Satisfied by the man's work, the sultan gave him the title "demang." From then on that person was known as Demang Portegis or Demang Tegis
Another version obout the construction of this structure can be found in the book of Mamana in Yogyakarta Kraton. It is said that the project leader for the construction of Taman Sari was Tumenggung Mangundipura. He had travelled twice to Batavia to learn about European architecture, which is the reason why the architecture of Taman Sari resembles a hybrid of Javanese and Dutch styles, instead of Portuguese.
(Spiritual) Tunnel of Love
Chicks watching tower
A signature structure of Kuala Lumpur, the Petronas Towers are a twin set of skyscrapers of Malaysia. The Suria KLCC shopping malls located at the base of the towers remains one of the most popular shopping destinations surrounded by the open green space of KLCC Park.
Here are some architectural facts you might have missed about The Twins:
Once it was the highest skyscraper in the world from 1998-2004. However, it remains the highest twin towers in the world.
shape of its design is based on the five pillars of the Islamic religion.
When viewed from the top of this towering structure, the cross-section of the towers reflects the eight-pointed star symbol of Islamic culture: The Rub el Hizb, a symbol used as a marker for the end of a chapter in Arabic calligraphy.
3. The Strength
Tube in Tube structural design is used to give extra strength to the building with its core reinforced with an outer rigid tube. It is even claimed to be able to withstand a winds up to a speed of 65 miles per hour – about one-third the wind speed of Hurricane Katrina!
4. The Connector
On the 41st and 42nd level, there lies a 192 feet long and weighs a total of 750 tons skybridge, acting as a walkway between both towers. The bridge is designed to slide in and out of both towers, acting as a safety device for patrons to cross over in the event of an emergency in one tower.
Coverage by: Werryson Wijaya
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