Sunday, March 11, 2012

Snapshots to Flatterman's House at Kyai Saleh Street


This is an old house that is situated at the south-end side of Kyai Saleh Street, at the intersection with Veteran Street. The building looks prominence from the crossroad, a tower with hexagonal pyramid shape roof becomes one of the point of interest. The house is firstly owned by Flatterman Family , a Dutch family during Colonial Era.

A long balcony with rich details on its balsutrade at upper floor level is attached to main part of the building that is covered with a triangular prism roof shape. It seem somebody can have nice viewing from balcony level to the large courtyard in front of the house below.

The building looks nicely set-up behind the front courtyard. From Veteran Street point of view, the overall building shapes composition is till looks good, although most of the lower part of the house is currently covered by lush of trees, the hexagonal pyramid shape of the tower roof and the triangular shape belong to the house roof are pop-up side by side over the top of the trees.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Pasar Randusari; a Remaining Old Market near the Cemetery Hill

As noted in the history, Pasar Randusari is one of market building in Semarang that is designed by Thomas Karsten, the Dutch Colonial Architect around the year of 1930. Currently, Pasar Randusari is known as one of remaining traditional market in Semarang that is situated about 700 meters from Pasar Bulu Market. 

This current location is close to the north-end side of Kyai Saleh Street, it situated less than 200 meters from an intersection road to Pandanaran Street, a main busy street in the center of Semarang City. The market building itself is also closely situated to Bergota Cemetery hill area, the largest cemetery in the city.

 In compare to Pasar johar and Pasar Bulu, Pasar Randusari is a market building in smaller size. The market building is just a simple building with as square shape plan in 40 meter by 40 meter size. There are about 56 columns with particular shape that support flat concrete roofs in 3 different split levels. Actually, this different flat roof leveling simply allow sunlight penetration to the center part of the building. 

This is the place for visitor not only find and buy daily domestic goods, but this is place for somebody to find street traders who sell red and white rose flowers for the needs of grave yard visit at the cemetery nearby.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Mandala Bhakti Museum; a Military Museum Today and Dutch Colonial's Courthouse in the Past Day

The building is close to where the Tugu Muda Monument and "Pasar Bulu" Market are currently situated. This a two storey building with a simple strong geometrical box shape under large clay roof in triangular prism shape. A very formal building shape, it might be related with building original function as a Court House during Dutch Colonial Era. As describe on historical notes, the building is originally known as "Raad van Justitie" and built around the year of 1930.

Nowadays, the building is a military museum, after many years is occupied as a regional military headquarters.This is maybe one of many old buildings from Dutch Colonial Era in Semarang that ever used for military facilities, including the famous "Lawang Sewu" Building that is situated across this museum building. A large military compound is situated behind the building including military housing and military hospital.

Museum Mandala Bhakti building is nicely place with deep setback against the main street within a large open courtyard in front of it. This front courtyard provides a nice visual exposure for every street walkers when they are passing by. It always make the building is visually appears in good visibility in any point of view around the "Tugu Muda" Monument.