The original building at the heart of this restoration project was built in 1917 in the prestigious area of Kotabaru in Yogjakarta. “It was the house of a member of the Dutch government,” says Moetaryanto, the Honorary Consul of Tunisia in Yogjakarta, who also happens to be the current owner of the building, which is now used by him and his family as a private residence and personal office.

The Kotabaru area inYogjakarta is a recognised cultural heritage area, including Moetaryano’s house, which is itself categorised as a historical building. The area is also known for its “Tuinstaad” concept in Dutch, which means Garden City, making it the greenest spot in the area. Moetaryanto and his wife,Uti Suyanti, bought the building around three years ago and movedin in November 2015 after renovations by the famous Bali-based architect Nyoman Popo Priyatna Danes, more well known as Popo Danes.


“With all the strict rules regarding the renovation of historical buildings, I felt that Popo Danes was the right person to work with,” says Moetaryanto. “After all, the house is surrounded by three iconic properties: a Batak Christian Protestant Church, the Susteran Amal Kasih Darah Mulia building and the Syuhada Mosque. My passion is to take care of this cultural heritage area,” he says.

So, working the magic for which he is famous, the celebrated architect was able to transform the building into house boasting a tranquil, tropical ambience with historical accents—all without changing the structure, even the flooring material. All the work was done with precision and care: the design and build process took almost two years.


With renovations complete, the new version of the house appears like a gem on the 1,200-square-metre site on which it sits. It eschews any overtly commercial feel and instead reflects and even enhances the beauty of the local heritage.

The property itself consists of only two levels juxtaposed with attractive landscaping. Vintage furniture with fanciful, cultural significance fills almost every spot. The first storey consists of a foyer, the living room, the master bedroom and guest bedroom, plus a working area, kitchen, dining room and terrace. This level sees the highest foot traffic and reflects the strongly historical side of the property. The second level is more private, divided up into guest bedrooms.


The newly restored house is a fine piece of work, as reflected in the award it received from the Jogjakarta government for its consistency with the local culture. “I’m just honoured to be part of this amazing project and the special place it has in the history of the area,” Moetaryanto says.


(Text by Ria Iskandar, Photo by Ari Iskandrar, Fratello Photography)

Source Indonesia Tatler Homes June - September 2016 Issue.


Tags: Design, Homes, Historic