Graduation Work, Research Design Project
When the land cost is getting higher and higher in old city of Surabaya, people should think deeply about re-using the existing building. Yet, some owners of old historic building choose to renovate totally into the new design. Actually by adapting, reusing the existing old building and doing some conservation processes, those buildings are potential to be old city tourism.
Considering the condition of the old building, quality of architecture, and current purpose, I chose BPN building which built in 1811 located on Tunjungan, the downtown of Surabaya city. By giving new utility as Museum and Gallery and renovate partly in interior, it will increase the quality of architecture of the building. Different from other museum in Indonesia, Surabaya Museum of History explains about history of Surabaya city development. By adaptive reusing the old building into the new utility as historical museum, the visitor can feel an atmosphere of the past on the present situation.
This research project is based on two main concept designs, there are: “Create a dialogue between the old and the new one” means that the old building could adapt with the new utility and new function. I added new buildings behind the old building in order to keep balance between past and present, no contradiction. The second concept is “Respect to the Old” means that all of activity starts from the old building as respectful expression.