A Fragment of Historical Treasure
Story by Anton Adianto | Photo by Bagus Tri Laksono
Looking back in time can provide us with a rich source of ideas and inspiration which remain relevant today. The design world has a great respect for heritage buildings, including those found in Indonesia, a country rich through the amalgamation of diverse cultures, both local and international. One example of a heritage building that has been kept intact, albeit serving different functions over the years —from a community center to an office, before finally being turned into a hotel— is The Shalimar Boutique Hotel in the city of Malang. Featuring a remarkable design with a strong Dutch colonial touch, just like the original structure, the hotel has been renovated and rearranged in a combination of Peranakan and Javanese styles in order to provide guests with a traditional sense of luxury and comfort.
This article was published in the Indonesia Design magazine (76thEdition) in 2016.