The Story Around the Corner
Story by Anton Adianto | Photo by Bagus Tri Laksono & Wismilak Doc.
Surabaya is an old harbour town that has been long famous, even before colonial times, as seen in the carved copper plates of Trowulan I, which date to 1358, and in the Nagarakretagama manuscript that was written in 1365. Considering its long history, there’s no wonder that Surabaya has been graced by dozens of historical buildings in all corners of the city. One of such iconic building is Grha Wismilak, standing gracefully at the corner of one of Surabaya’s busiest intersections, with a new extension bearing a touch of colonial architecture that replicates the glory of old.
This article was published in the Indonesia Design magazine (13th Anniversary Edition) in 2016.