The Dutch Colonial Architecture in Indonesia

The Dutch colonised Indonesia from the 1800s until 1945, and left a lot of cultural heritage behind, in the form of language, customs, and buildings. Read our guide to the most stunning Dutch colonial buildings in Indonesia.

Dutch Colonial Architecture of Bank of Indonesia Building, Downtown Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia

Bank Indonesia branch in Yogyakarta. Today, the building is the headquarters of Bank Indonesia, the country’s central bank.

Colonial architecture is any type of architecture that incorporates classic architectural elements of a ‘mother country’ in buildings or structures in territories overseas. Often, traditional elements mixed with the local culture led to a stylistic hybrid, a unique architectural style not found anywhere else in the world. Commonly we distinguish between Spanish Colonial, Portuguese colonial, British colonial, French colonial, and Dutch colonial.

Dutch Colonial Architecture in Indonesia

Batavia Hotel

Dutch Colonial architecture can primarily be found in Indonesia, South Africa, as well as parts of South Asia and North America. The Dutch colonised Indonesia from the 1800s until 1945, and left a lot of cultural heritage behind, in the form of language, customs, and buildings. But, this post is focused on architecture and buildings as the most visible monuments of a system that has formally vanished. Though most of the buildings were designed by Dutch architects and inspired by Western architecture, even the most ardent style-purists among architects could not escape the forces of context and culture. Colonial architecture often is a result of climatological adaptions or the use of local building materials – and more importantly, the influences of local builders and constructors or the rich cultural local contexts. Dutch architecture in Malang IndonesiaDutch Colonial architecture  in Malang Indonesia

 

 

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