The site is in one of the busiest commercial districts in Surakarta, Central Java, Indonesia. The project is built on the existing, the previous shop experienced a massive fire accident and as a result, the entire building was razed to the ground. The owner wanted the new building to not only reflect the past glory of the shop but instead to take it a step further, to make a grand comeback.
To achieve this, we choose a unified design approach. This means that the various elements in the design are in agreement, visually or conceptually. The typography, color, shapes, and layout work together as a whole and are well-integrated. The facade and interior are merged together into one unit. When a person looks at the building, he can immediately see the facade and interior of the shop in one frame. The advantage of this design is that we can showcase the interior of the building to the outside world.
The form of the building is the simple basic warehouse. The front of the building is grandeur and eye-catching enough to draw the attention of passersby. The front side is made of wood flexible cladding and is slightly curved inside creating a warm and yet inviting atmosphere. The center is made of glass panels that are adorned with many single vertical matrix lighting, which serve to enhance the design during nighttime. The massive front red gate can be lighted up during nighttime. (text by architect)
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