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19 Bizzare Examples Of Indonesia’s “Jengki” Architectural Craze Of The 50’s & 60’s


19 Bizzare Examples Of Indonesia’s “Jengki” Architectural Craze Of The 50’s & 60’s

Jengki – from the word “Yankee” – was an architectural craze that hit Indonesia during the 1950’s-60’s

It came to be when the Dutch were finally and totally forced out in 1957, leaving Indonesia with very few architects. Though in the spirit of the times, the unique style was a form of rebellion against the “neat, well-structured” buildings of the former Dutch colonialists.

Head of the research division of Orart Oret, Adeline Gunawan says:

“Being nationalists … they created buildings without any rules, asymmetrical. Perhaps some people called it norak (tasteless) but then that style became popular as Jengki.”

Check out 19 outrageous examples of the Jengki craze still standing today…

Former tax office property, early-1960s, Banjarmasin, South Kalimantan

Restored Boen Kwet Kong Villa, late-1950s, Bandung, West Java

Former furniture store, early-1960s, Gresik, East Java

Traders Townhouse, late-1950s, Jatinegara, East Jakarta

According to Jenifer Topsfels article on the architectural craze:

“Jengki is Indonesia’s version of mid-century modernism, characterised by unusual shapes, such as pentagons, asymmetrical roofs, cut-out doors and windows, tilted columns or walls and air vents – crucial for the tropics – in playful circles, trapeziums or diamonds.”

Railway manager’s bungalow, early-1960s. Palembang, South Samatra

Copra trader’s townhouse, 1965, Makassar, South Sulawesi

Villa Peny, 1958, Kopeng Mountain Resort, Central Java

Wisma Hibiscus, early-1960s, Kailurang, Kailurang Mountain Resort, Central Java

Former banker’s villa, 1961, Medan, North Sumatra

Modest villa, early-1960s, Solo, Central Java

Hotel Sinar Indah, early-1960s, Solo, Central Java

Former Shell manager’s bungalows, mid-1950s. Palembang, South Sumatra

A mid-century prototype, early-1950s, Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta

Museum of Struggle, 1959, Yogyakarta, Central Java

Former Dutch Symposium hall, 1956, ITB Bandung, West Java.

The Hansel and Gretel house, commissioned by Madura tobacco baron Haji Samsul, early-1960s, Madura

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