For design practitioners, meaningful preservation is equally contingent on spatial problem-solving and cultural sensitivity. To successfully adapt these heritage typologies (traditionally associated with Javanese aristocrats) into new contexts, architectural solutions must do more than create functional spaces. How can Joglo structures transform to meet contemporary needs and economic realities? Can reuse be accomplished in a manner that reflects changing social and cultural norms while preserving inherent historical value – and minimizing carbon costs?
Exploring Architectural Transformation
Supported via a newly launched Holcim Foundation grant program, an inaugural group of Next Generation Ambassadors is exploring the opportunities and challenges of architectural transformation. Led by Andi Subagio and Namjoo Kim with Stefan Novakovic, Clinic of Care: Indonesia integrates a community-oriented building project with a research-based examination of culturally attuned adaptive reuse.
The Holcim Foundation’s Next Generation Ambassadors are collaborating on a project in the village of Mutihan Madurejo in Java’s Yogyakarta region. Clinic of Care: Indonesia will support the restoration and adaptation of an abandoned Joglo structure into a rehearsal space and cultural venue for a traditional dance collective. Working in close collaboration with the Sekar Jagad Foundation and the architectural faculty at Indonesia’s Universitas Pelita Harapan, the project will combine a post-secondary research and design studio (facilitated by Subagio and Kim) with an inclusive construction workshop that brings together architectural students, local stakeholders and community members.