Museum de Tjolomadoe is a part of a conversion of an existing
sugar factory into a complex of art and cultural venues located
in Colomadu, Central Java. One of the programs is to recollect
history through education, therefore the museum conserves
artifacts, archives, and the historical traces of Colomadu’s
development in the past 150 years.
Location: Surakarta, Indonesia Total area: 1.030 m2 Status: Built
The layout of the museum itself highlights the power of
narration and archives for its eminent, historical values. Visual
presentation - with a contemporary approach - combined with
local wisdom are designed to attract visitors through both
traditional and social media.
By context, Surakarta and Karanganyar cannot be separated
from their home industry of hand-drawn and traditional print
batik, megaliths, and stone temples, as well as the grass-rooted
Javanese culture and people.
The museum is designed with a continuous flow of history,
knowledge, and art, complete with digital video mapping to
create an interactive space. Two local artists were invited
to collaborate: Tempa, for the ‘blackout room’, and Wilman
Syahnur, for the dioramas.