The Adaptation of European Elements in the Architecture of Javanese Palaces

By Ofita Purwani and Muhammad Asrori.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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The practice of colonialism in Indonesia brought in a cultural encounter that affected the vernacular architecture. This can be seen obviously in the case of Javanese palaces. Claiming as the main sources of Javanese culture, they adapt the European style into their palaces rather than strictly hold on to the ‘traditional’ Javanese house-from which the architecture of the palaces was derived. However, there are some patterns in adapting the European into the architecture of the palaces. These patterns deal with the placement of the European related to spatial hierarchy and the hybrid-ornament formation. However, as this study is conducted in two main kingdoms of Java, there are differences in the way each kingdom adapts the European. Those differences seem to relate to the identity each kingdom needs to obtain, regarding their closely located kingdoms and the history in which they are the fractions of the former Mataram kingdom.

Keywords: Javanese Architecture, Javanese kingdom, Hybrid, Identity

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp.195-206. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.425MB).

Ofita Purwani

Lecturer (Sabelas Maret) and PhD Candidate (Edinburgh), Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering (Sabelas Maret), and School of Architecture, Culture and Environment (Edinburgh), Sebelas Maret University, Indonesia

I get my undergraduate degree in Architectural Engineering in School of Architecture Gadjah Mada University Indonesia, and my master in Architecture- with specialization on Design and Architectural Criticism- in Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology. I am working as a lecturer in the Department of Architecture Sebelas Maret University, and currently starting to pursue my PhD in the University of Edinburgh. My interest based on my master research entitled ‘Identification of the European Architectural Elements in Kraton Jogjakarta’. I find it interesting to study on hybrid architecture, dealing with identity and history.

Muhammad Asrori

Sebelas Maret University, Surakarta, Indonesia


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