Posted in Indonesia

Archtrove Travels To Indonesia – the home of a infinite islands

Indonesia is not a country defined by its geography – its luscious forests and vast lands, it becomes the country it wants to be. As I travelled to Jakarta, I saw millions upon millions of people going about their daily life without any struggle, despite travelling miles each day through immense traffic. Miles upon miles of roads would snake around and all with wistful drivers with nothing but amples of time. As with any metropolitan city, Jakarta has a wide range of diversity but unlike any developed country, its diversity also extends to its own people.

Within Indonesia itself, there is a diverse range of climates, people, languages, cultures, food and artwork due to its many takeovers and its vast landscape. The world’s fourth most populous country in the world runs across the equator enjoying a rich bio-diversity. From trekking mountains, ex and dormant volcanoes, Indonesia is most definitely not for the faint-hearted. Due to its legacy, many of these buildings still stand in forms such as religious or royal uses.

With low flat land in metropolitan cities such as Jakarta, skyscrapers have begun to take place showcasing its transition into modernity, to high mountainous regions lying on the equator. Having said that, a contrasting landscape of a mirage of blue and green landscape, does however, help to slow things down and allows one to encompass the surroundings.

Cities in Indonesia




Posted in Architecture, London


What makes London, London, is the fact that it is a melting pot of countries, cultures and communities. It’s diversity ranging from old dilapidated shacks to towering glass giants. The streets are even designed to acknowledge this amalgamation of eccentricity, twisting and turning, small and large, straight and windy. As I walk around the city and try to glide my way through, I am immediately submerged into a world that truly belongs to London. Nowhere else in Britain comes close. Look one-way history and hierarchy, the other millennials and millionaires.

Deep underground, in the pits of dirt and despair lurks the only suitable way around the city, speeding past at colossal speeds, rammed full of different colours, sizes and styles, spending minutes or hours in these deep dark dungeons. When I finally decide to venture to the top, a beacon of light and hope greets me, the surroundings are always the same, diversity.

From majestic banks to historical museums, industrial power stations to enigmatic train stations, giant super stores or independent shacks. The façades and its scale are equally diverse, from its cloud scaling glass towers, to its petite stone cathedrals, from its boulders of brutalist concrete to its original wooden structures. To pigeonhole London would be unfair, yes, it once was full of traditional buildings and the streets were paved with gold but the city is slowly changing, becoming a city of the future and this includes all the frills.

 As I look across the vast waters, I can see my reflection back at me as everywhere I turn is glass, a cold hard material or as a sign of symbolism, to come inside, welcome with open arms. One thing is for sure, the sudden influx of skyscrapers that have dominated the skyline, reverberating throughout the city, are definitely here to stay.

Buildings in London

Walkie Talkie

Neals Yard

Tower 42

National History Museum

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