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Joglo House – Typical Javanese Building Style

Nowadays it’s hard to find the original joglo house maybe just in a small village in a rural area. But there is few in Malang if you lucky or get some information from somebody know about Indonesia cultural!

Joglo is a Javanese traditional house consists of 2 main parts of the hall and interior.Joglo which can usually be found in the Central Java. Part of the hall is the front of the house Joglo which has a spacious open-plan-partition. Room is commonly used as reception room or kids playing and relaxing space family.Part in the inside of the house is a form of indoor rooms, living rooms and other spaces that are more privacy. Characteristic features of the building is on the roof of the hall towering like a mountain.

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The form of the house is not just unique but it also has a meaning. There are three important parts of the house, starting from the veranda. Then through two steps of stairs you come in a smaller sitting room and then through some steps of other stairs you go to the main room or family room. In this room you can see the roof that goes high. According to the Javanese philosophy, to get the top/succeed you have to start from the bottom. Success is not an abracadabra thing but a journey through steps.

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The veranda, the smaller sitting room and the main room have different function. You can use three of them to receive people. You receive random people at the veranda. If you know them better, then you can receive them in the smaller sitting room and good friends or family you let go into the main room. There is no bedroom and bathroom in joglo house. Behind they have a normal house that is provided with bed- and bathroom.

However the owner puts a bed in the main room. The traditional bed is made from teak and has carvings as well but it is not as old as the house itself.

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From the main room you can go outside to the back yard. The bathroom is located a couple of meters from the house. It is a bathroom with Javanese way of taking bath, so no shower.

They use old-look tiles for the floor that are handmade. You feel this cement-based tiles always cool on your feet and they become shiny every time you clean it (with neutral cleaner).

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Usually Joglo custom home can only be owned by people who enabled the economy more, because of the materials used to build a house very costly Joglo the expensive homes Joglo can only have only certain people.

Joglo house has several types:

  1. Joglo Limasan lawakan
  2. Joglo Sinom
  3. Jonglo Jompongan
  4. Joglo Pangrawit
  5. Joglo Mangkurat
  6. Joglo Hageng
  7. Joglo Semar Tinandhu

Basically the form joglo have a square maps, with four principal pillars in the middle of the call pillars, and use composite beam that called intercropping. This rectangular shape changes in its development with the additions on the side of the building, but the space remains a unitary form of the rectangular plan.

Writer : Kindeng Simamora & William
Editing & Update : Malang City

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