Architecture from the Indonesian Past
Life and Work of Fermont-Cuypers, 1927-1957
- PUBLISHED: February 2021
- SUBJECT LISTING: Architecture, Asian Studies / Southeast Asia
- BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION: 296 Pages, 9.5 x 11 in, 200 color illus., 200 b&w illus.
- ISBN: 9789460220159
In Architecture from the Indonesian Past, Obbe H. Norbruis tells the story of a celebrated Dutch architecture firm, its unique buildings, and their designers. Fermont-Cuypers designed many buildings significant in Indonesia’s history beginning in 1927 when an uprising broke out against the Dutch in the colony. In the early 1930s, the firm drew up plans for many schools, churches, villas, and offices. At the end of the 1930s the firm began to design hospitals, head offices, hotels, and even a passenger terminal in Tanjung Priok. The expected tourism boom never materialized due to the German invasion of the Netherlands, and World War II soon had an impact on the region. After Indonesian independence, Fermont-Cuypers experienced a resurgence through 1958, designing many buildings that still exist today in cities such as Jakarta, Surabaya, Medan, Bandung, Makassar, and Palembang.
Authors & Contributors
Obbe H. Norbruis is a designer and consultant based in the Netherlands.