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Archtrove travels to Yogyakarta – proper prosperity

Yogyakarta Architecture

Yogyakarta and its Architecture, sit on the island of Java in Indonesia. It is renowned as a centre of education (Kota Pelajar), classical Javanese fine art and culture such as batik, ballet, drama, music, poetry and puppet shows. Yogyakarta City is the capital of the Yogyakarta Special Region and was the Indonesian capital during the Indonesian National Revolution from 1945 to 1949, with Gedung Agung as the president’s office. One of the districts in Yogyakarta, Kotagede, was the capital of the Mataram Sultanate between 1575 and 1640. The city is named after the Indian city of Ayodhya from the Ramayana epic. Yogya means “suitable, fit, proper”, and Karta, “prosperous, flourishing”. Its population was 388,627 inhabitants at the 2010 census and its built-up (or metro) area was home to 4,010,436 inhabitants across two cities (Yogyakarta and Magelang) and 65 districts across Sleman, Klaten, Bantul, Kulon Progo and Magelang regencies. Yogyakarta-Magelang and Surakarta are being agglomerated in several years.

Yogyakarta Architecture and its History

Malioboro Street and its buildings are important components of Yogyakarta city identity, building a cultural atmosphere during traditional ceremonies. In 1998, when the first mall was built, the street changed into modern tendencies, threatening historical buildings.


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Archtrove travels to Jakarta – the city that goes on for miles

Jakarta Architecture

As the capital of Indonesia, Jakarta Architecture is graced with many of the country’s most important landmarks, from historical buildings to modern skyscrapers. Whether it is to admire them from afar while walking by, or to explore deeper, here’s our guide to the most impressive buildings you need to see in Jakarta.

Colonial Jakarta Architecture

Colonial buildings and structures in Jakarta include those that were constructed during the Dutch colonial period of Indonesia. The period (and the subsequent style) succeeded the earlier period when Jakarta, governed by the Sultanate of Banten, was completely eradicated and replaced with a walled city of Batavia. The dominant styles of the colonial period can be divided into three periods: the Dutch Golden Age (17th to late 18th century), the transitional style period (late 18th century – 19th century), and Dutch modernism (20th century). Dutch colonial architecture in Jakarta is apparent in buildings such as houses or villas, churches, civic buildings, and offices mostly concentrated in the administrative city of Central Jakarta and West Jakarta.

Istiqlal Mosque

This translates as “the independence mosque” in Arabic, and was built to commemorate Indonesia’s independence. Realizing that the country is home to the largest Muslim population in the world, the then-government went all-out in constructing the grand mosque, which is still Southeast Asia’s largest. The building’s architecture is rich with symbolic meanings, representing either the country’s year of independence, the birthday of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, or the seven Islamic heavens. The grand architecture reflects both traditional Indonesian and Islamic culture. Tourists are welcome to tour the mosque, and many world leaders have had the pleasure, including former US President Barack Obama, King Salman of Saudi Arabia, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and more.

Jakarta Cathedral

As Indonesia has the biggest Muslim population in the world, it may seem surprising to find a majestic Neo-Gothic Roman Catholic Cathedral at its heart. St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral has been towering tall since 1901, just across from the massive Istiqlal Mosque. Dedicated to the Virgin Mary, the building is gracefully filled with adoration symbols, from centuries-old altars to statues and paintings. Built in a Neo-Gothic style, many of the cathedral’s materials and objects were sourced from the Netherlands, including its pipe organ and main altar. The cathedral comprises three main spires, one of which houses a museum showcasing relics of Catholic rituals.


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Archtrove Travels To Singapore – The Lion Rises Through the Chaos


Singapore has no obvious history, the entire country (not that there is much of it) is man-made. With a high bank balance a can do attitude and the world’s busiest port, Singapore is a small and mighty country, not to be messed with. More than 50% of the area is covered by greenery by its major parks and nature reserves, making it an enchanting city. Its cleanliness is visible throughout the city, although the high bank balance does help with that. The country does a hold a dominance for the wealthy. Saying that, this does not stop it being a vibrant city with a multitude of people from all backgrounds, whilst holding on to its understanding for others and being efficient.

 Its transport system allows you to roam in a matter of minutes, from China to India, America to Australia, they have decided to incorporate a small part of every person in one country. This is not just true in its transport but also its food, from its cheap hawker to Michelin, to its Architecture, from its Hindu Temples to its outrageous sky high hotels.

While the rest of world concentrates on steel, glass and concrete for construction, Singapore goes green trying to achieve City in a Garden with its living ecosystems including the heart of Singapore, the Botanic Gardens. Walking along the streets of Singapore and you can pass through a multitude of architectural styles. These range from the eclectic to the hybrid forms of the colonial period to the more contemporary architecture to incorporate trends from around the world.

Traditional architecture in Singapore includes vernacular Malay houses, local hybrid shop houses and black and white bungalows, a range of places of worship reflecting the ethnic and religious diversity of the city as well as colonial civic and commercial architecture in European Neoclassical, Gothic, Palladian and renaissance styles.


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Archtrove Travels To Denmark – The Danish Way Is The Only Way

Venture outside the main cities of Denmark, and you can see why it is known for having more cows than people, vast luscious green land runs for miles. Situated in the south of Northern Europe, between Sweden and Germany, alongside Sweden and Norway, this country makes up Scandinavia.

It’s true, Denmark doesn’t have the wows of most countries, but its landscape are simply subliminal. Such landscapes are reflected in the Danish design philosophy towards fashion, food, architecture, furniture and art. Simplicity of form and function come first but not at the expense of beauty. And so you’ll find moments of quintessential Danish loveliness on a long sandy beach, in a small alleyway, a Renaissance castle or a cosy candlelight dinner.

It captures global imagination as the epitome of a civilised society, and it punches above its weight on many fronts, urban planning, sustainability, work-life balance, design and architecture. Recent global crushes, freshly exported from Copenhagen, include a city cycling culture, the New Nordic culinary movement, and brilliantly addictive TV drama series.

Denmark, may be home of the Danish pastry and little mermaid but that’s not all, praised for its design and efficiency, Danish architecture is definitely one to watch out for especially, as it has something for everyone. In the Capital, you can find one the oldest amusement parks in the world, the best restaurant in the world and last but not least the little mermaid. Outside the Capital, Denmark hosts the home of Legoland and the Castle upon which Hamlet, the Shakespearean play, was based on.

Danish design is famed all over the world for its simplistic and effective ways. The Architecture reflects this in its historical and modernistic buildings. Due to the limited access to stone in historic times, brick was the material of choice hence similar styles were duplicated across the capital and other cities. Fast forward to modernistic times and this style of functionalism duplicated across the world (Sydney Opera House), and it the country itself.