Saturday, December 3, 2011

Snapshots to Tambak Lorok Fisherman's Waterfront Settlement

Tambak Lorok or Tambak Mulyo is a fisherman's waterfront settlement near the mighty power plant complex at eastern side of Semarang Harbor. The settlement compound could be directly accessed from the outer ring road.

Here is the place where traditional fishermen could placed their small boats along a water strip concealed away from the modern harbor area belong the Tanjung Mas Harbor. A dense fisherman's population is settled here under the shadows of the neighborhood gigantic chimneys belong to the power plant nearby. The scenery of container yard is shown as a back ground at north-west skyline.

There are dense housing, fish market, school and mosque are mixed each other near their boats that are made a port. This is their home ground where fishermen kids are found playing kites around the boat ports.

Actually, the existence of this fisherman's settlement is threatened by the expansion of Tanjung Mas Harbor. Future international harbor development may require this traditional fisherman's settlement to be relocated away from the current ground. Internal harbor area will be a restricted area for the traditional fisherman boats to sailing around.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Gigantic Chimneys at Tambak Lorok; Semarang's 'Icon' of the City by the Sea

When somebody pass the new outer ring road near the Semarang Harbor, a group of gigantic chimneys in white, red and blue colors are directly recognized at the sea side. Totally, there are 12 (twelve) big chimneys in a group and another 1 (one) or 3 (three) stand alone chimneys are found at the power plant area.

Definitely, this is not a heritage building complex from Dutch Colonial Era, but this is a thermal power plant from modern era that is situated at Tambak Lorok Semarang. The plant is built on 1978, but in the middle of this year the plant facing some inefficiency related problems that can make it closed down.

It seems this group of gigantic industrial chimneys are becoming a kind of new city 'icon' at sea side. Standing tall over the old lighthouse tower that is situated at about 1.7 km away from the plant.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Marabunta Warehouse, an Old Warehouse with Hundred Metres Long Facade

This warehouse is situated about 6oo meter from the lighthouse tower, at southern-end side and separated with a bridge and the outer-ring road across the harbor strip. This is about more than a hundred meters long facade that unify some warehouse buildings behind.

Nowadays, the Marabunta Warehouse appearance might be slightly concealed under the shadow of the outer-ring road existence. I think no more large ship could make a port to this warehouse anymore, since the harbor strip is definitely separated by the outer-ring road. Currently, this building might be separated from direct day-to-day harbor activities.

Only its long reflection on the water of the harbor strip remains visible as a part of its existence, particularly when somebody pass the outer-ring road over the harbor strip from the eastern-side direction. It seemed that the southern-end side of the building facade is already burned, hopefully the remaining parts of this building is still found in well-preserved.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Snapshots to Semarang Harbor

These are just simple quick snapshots during a walk through around the old lighthouse at Semarang harbor. The pictures are captured during my visit on July 2011. Pictures of medium size ships were docking in front of the light house at the river side might be part of the origin of the old Semarang harbor.

Typical large wooden ships are made a port including a Search and Rescue ship are shown and were directly docking in front of the light house. The appearance and glimpse of the lighthouse are shown in the harbor scenery. The place where the sips are made a port is part of 600 meter long harbor strip that spreading out from the bridge near Martadinata outer ring road at southern-end side to the opposite northern-end side of harbor strip.

Some imaginations might be raised in related with the history about this place. Maybe about Dutch's naval ships fleet that ever emerging and establishing their rule over this city and also about Admiral Cheng Ho from the Emperor of China that might be ever passed this river during his friendship visit to Semarang City.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

King Willem's Lighthouse, Hundred Years Old Steel Tower at Semarang Harbor

At the west-end side of Semarang harbor, this hundred years old lighthouse tower is found and still standing tall. A white painted tower in decagonal shape that made off steel plate and steel framing works is still standing strong to watch seaside scenery around Semarang harbor. Based on history reference notes this lighthouse tower is built on 1879 according to permission of the Dutch's King Willems II and the construction works is completed on 1884.

This tower is one of hundred years old lighthouses in the world remain exist and well-preserved in almost good conditions. After more than a hundred years now, at least this tower is becoming an important witness about the importance of Semarang harbor's roles during Dutch Colonial Era. No doubt about it, this is one of the iconic heritages that are still found in Semarang City.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Gedung Pelni at Mpu Tantular Street and Remaining History of Old Dutch Colonial Shipping Company

Gedung Pelni is situted near Jakarta Lloyd Building, it's only separated with Kutilang Street. Gedung Pelni and GKBI Building are directly situated side by side. Thehistory of PT Pelni is closely related with N.V. K.P.M (Koninklijke Paketvaart Matschappij), a Dutch Colonial shipping company that is took over by the Indonesian Government. This is one of old Shipping Companies that are placed around the Old City Conservation Area.

The most interesting part of the building is the appearance of its main entry side that is marked by the existence of a tower at the building corner side. This entry corner is located at the intersection of Mpu Tantular Street and Kutilang Street. Another similar tower is situated at the opposite side adjacent to the neighborhood building, the GKBI building at northern side. The entry canopies are formed with curved shapes among overall building shape that is formed with strong geometrical shapes. High window with its wooden louvered leaves in rectangular shapes at lower floor level become remaining dominant elements to the facade.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Rajawali Nusindo Building at 11th Mpu Tantular Street

This is just another old building at Mpu Tantular Street, a Street that is situated in line with mBerok River. The building is directly located side by side with PTP XV Building, another old building that is described my previous blog post.

A signage is still found on building facade describes that the owner of the building is Rajawali Nusindo, an old conglomerate company that is took-over by the government. What I have found from online notes, this building originally known as Koloniale Bank.

Building facade are found with many arch openings that currently covered with steel trellis to make linear corridors at lower floor terrace and balcony at upper floor are a concealed against pedestrian line. Only wall and windows at the middle part of the building are placed directly against pedestrian side, but no main entry door is found here ( directly facing to the street ).

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Kepodang Street View, a Forgotten Street of Old Dutch Colonial City

Kepodang Street and Sendowo street is situated in parallel each other, but Kepodang Street is placed more closer to Blenduk Church and directly situated behind Jiwasraya Building. But, it seem hidden from the prominent old city conservation area around Blenduk Church.

This is also a narrow street, but give the street walker a different feeling with rows of tall old buildings at both sides of the street. A narrow street in the middle of some old two-storey buildings at both sides. A text signage of "anno 1912"is still obviously seen on a facade of an old building. This remind us about a remaining old street and building from Dutch Colonial Era. Just like walking on the street in a remaining abandoned old town in Europe Land.

A street vendor spot is found at a street intersection that sells cocks for fighting. Actually, this is extended place from the neighborhood bird market at Sendowo Street nearby. Meanwhile, a long row of motorbikes parking lot is currently established in other part of the frontage street. Some of pedestrian terrace belong to an old tall building remains as an empty space, if not uses for bike parking space.

Some wild vegetative seem sprout-up over building facade with its roots strongly hold and spread-out over the masonry wall. Will this remaining piece of old colonial town are weather beaten and forgotten?

I have did an online search to find out, what are the original names of some old building have shown on the above photographs. Building have shown as 1st picture is "Toko Soesman" and the 5th picture is "Algemene Verzekering Mij Indische Lloyd". The 6th, 7th and 8th picture are "Nederlandsch-Indische Escompto Maatschappij".

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Sendowo Street View; Bird Market and Remaining Pieces of The Old City

Sendowo Street is about 400 meter long of messy street at the outer perimeter of the old city conservation area. Currently, it looks like a concealed backyard belong to the 'old little Netherland' area.

Sendowo Street is accessible from Suari Street (a street that is perpendicularly placed against the famous Blenduk Church), and from the Suari Street intersection we can directly find bird market belong to the street vendors. A small street market under the shadows of remaining abandoned old buildings and pedestrian trees.

I think I found 'old city' become alive and transformed at Sendowo Street in another and different kind of its daily life. It looks alive maybe because the street is partially transformed as a bird market and place for the orange urban minibus passengers find its end route. Rest of that, there are only remaining abandoned aged old buildings keep standing in silence.

Friday, September 2, 2011

An Old Railway Office Building at the Edge of Salt Water Intrusion Swamp

Just a simple old two-storey building that is situated about 600 meters from Tawang Railway Station. The building is directly placed at the intersection of Pengapon Street and Ronggowarsito Street. Nowadays, this building looks as a stand alone piece at the edge of large salt water intrusion swamp.

With reference to a historical note, this building was known as formerly Hoofdkantoor N.V. Semarang–Joana Stoomtram-Maatschappij. A Dutch train company for Semarang-Juwana line. Juwana is a small city at eastern side of Semarang City. This company began in 1882 its business with the opening of the line in Semarang Djoernatan to Djomblang

Tall wooden louvered windows with curved plaster architrave are found at the lower and upper building levels. There is viewing wooden balcony deck surrounding almost at all building sides including its thin round metal support columns and its broken wooden railing.

Windows are also found on the metal roof box, it might be related with the existence of an attic inside the roof box structure. There is a remaining signage board at the balcony that indicates the building function as railway planning and engineering office.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Tawang Railway Station and Hundred Years of Railway History

Tawang Railway Station might be not the first train station, but it supposed to be one of the important railway station ever built to initiate railway history during Dutch Colonial Era in Java Island. The building is situated about half kilometer from Semarang's zero point in front of Central Post Office Building or about one and half kilometer from the light house tower at the harbor side.

The building itself is a great integration of brickworks building and another part of the building in a huge steel structural works. There is a grand main lobby and reservation hall that is enclosed in a big and tall brickworks building in approximately 20 m x 20 m size with a big dome in the middle part of the station building. This main hall is flanked by another two parts of the building in huge 60 m long of steel structural works enclosure at the eastern and western sides. This creates a symmetrical building linear building shape with approximately 150 m long of huge railway station.

Another brickworks enclosures are loosely placed underneath these giant steel structure anclosure and many of railway station amenities and supporting facilities such as control room, offices, retail shops and storages are situated.

Nowadays, this building look in good condition and well preserved. But, there is a latent threat of sea water intrusion that makes this building might be potentially always drown in the middle of sea water flood. This is a repeating disaster that is always happened almost every year during rainy season.