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First time volunteering in Sydney Open

This year I’ve got another opportunity to volunteer in Sydney Open event. It is one of the big events in Sydney, especially related to architecture and history. In one weekend only, Sydney opens its historical building, museum, private offices, which are not usually open to public. I volunteered for half-day only on Sunday, 04 November 2018 at 1 Shelley Street. It is an office of Macquarie Bank, which has been open since 2008. The building has received so many awards in particular for its diagrid construction. The open part of this building is ‘the street’ level, on first floor, which is an open atrium where people can meet.

1 Shelley Street

The Street inside the building

Since I only volunteered half-day, I have the chance to visit other places too like Australia Museum, The Great Synagogue, 50 Martin Place, and KPMG office at International Towers Barangaroo.

My first stop was Australia Museum, where I found dinosaurs skeleton, history of Aboriginal and Australian, the Gadigal land and all things related to wildlife and animals (frozen).

Australia Museum

The Aboriginal artwork on display

View from rooftop terrace of Australia Museum

My second stop was The Great Synagogue, where people still practise separate places for men and women to pray. It was good experience though, because I did not know that it was a synagogue before because its location is in between shopping places.

My third stop is 50 Martin Place. I think this is the most interesting place I visited on that day. They took visitors by transparent lift to the 11th floor. The 10th, 11th floor and rooftop outdoor terraces were opened for the visitors.

My fourth stop is my volunteering place ‘1 Shelley Street’. There I volunteered from 12.30 until 15.30. I have the chance to visit the fifth stop KPMG office which is next door after my shift finished.

View from KPMG office

View of Darling Harbour from KPMG

I get many advantages from volunteering in Sydney Open 2018:

  1. I can access those buildings for free, because all volunteers get a wristband as an entrance ticket. The ticket price for adults are $49..which I don’t have to pay 😊
  2. I get a complementary museum pass as a reward.. yayy I can visit some more museum like Museum of Sydney which I haven’t been to.
  3. I win a ballot for Tank Stream tour, which mean I get another free tour to visit Sydney underground water tunnel.
  4. It is good for your CV as well 😊

Above all which I have mentioned, I met new people, making new friends, new network, visit new places, see different things, and see how Sydney Living Museums organised such a big event in the city. I will definitely volunteer again next year. See you again in Sydney Open 2019! .. hopefully.. finger crossed !

Sydney Open team for 1 Shelley Street



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CTBUH (Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat) Sydney Walking Tour 2018

This year CTBUH Walking Tour in Sydney took place on Thursday, 02 August 2018.

Walking tour started at 3 pm from The Goods Line, followed by Darling Harbour, Darling Quarter, International Towers Barangaroo, International House Barangaroo and ended at R7 Rooftop Bar about 6 pm.

The tour theme for this year is walking by the water. It was quite interesting to learn how the public space were designed, the transition between public space, low rise building, and high-rise building (Darling Harbour – Darling Quarter), also the connecting space between China Town to Darling Harbour (The Goods Line), the building and landscape for ICC, timber blind façade in front of Tumbalong Park, and the controversial Barangaroo.

I would definitely recommend architects, urban designer and urban planner to join this event next year.

The Goods Line

ICC Sydney

Relaxing at the Park

Timber Blind Facade


Napoleon Bridge


International Towers Barangaroo



Sunset at Darling Harbour


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Students work in Architectural Design

Last semester I taught Architectural design, Housing and Settlement, and also supervised some final projects. I am quite satisfied with the students results, especially in Architectural Design. In last semester, the project was cafe house, a 3-storey building, with cafe at ground floor, and living area in 1st and 2nd floor. My students came up with different concepts and idea. Some with green design principle, others with modern tropical concept.

Have a look at the results, enjoy !

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Posted by on January 27, 2016 in Campus Life


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The Famous Majapahit Hotel

Almost last two weeks there was a public holiday. In all of a sudden, I happened to have a chance to visit the famous Majapahit Hotel. This hotel is originally built in 1910, and had changed name from Oranje Hotel, Yamato Hotel and to Majapahit Hotel at the last.

The hotel is located on Tunjungan Street, Surabaya, a street which used to be known as shopping street. The hotel is the place where Indonesian heroes tore down blue color at the Dutch Flag to claim back Indonesian Independence.

Majapahit from above - Google Earth image

Majapahit from above – Google Earth image

What interesting about this hotel is its outdoor space. The hotel orientation to its inner garden, function as a patio, a view and a way to breath to the architecture itself. The column repetition made the hallway looks long and has no end. Its art deco architecture style is reflected in each of the detail, from exterior to interior of the building. It can be seen in the detail of column, fence, railing, and the building façade. The classical arrangement also can be noticed in the symmetrical plan of the building.

The architecture which is not just a sculpture, but architecture that fits to the environment, thus sustains through ages.

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Posted by on October 5, 2015 in ARCHITECTURE & PLANNING, Uncategorized


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Keep calm and enjoy study in Bali – Day 01

Finally, this year, my students had another excursion. This time we went to Bali, island of paradise in Indonesia. The study tour or the excursion was held from 4-8 May, but the real tour only took 3 days. The rest was the time needed for transportation using bus.

The first place we visit is Panglipuran Village. It is a preserved village for tourism. The village is maintained for its local houses, daily activities, spiritual ceremony, etc. It has been developed as tourism place since 2012. You can feel the spirit of the place, just by looking the surrounding, the smell of offerings, and the silence.


Panglipuran Village


Traditional bali house


Architectural students Uwika in Panglipuran

On day 01, the study also visited Taman Nusa. It is a place to see all models of traditional houses of Indonesia. Indonesia which comprises of more than 17,000 islands has 34 provinces. Each province has its own traditional houses.


Inside Taman Nusa, we can also see beautiful view of rice fields and terraces. Also, there are historical story of Indonesia. What we found which seemed to be funny was the replica of Borobudur. The real Borobudur is in Yogyakarta. Of course, the size was smaller, and the feeling to see it was different.


Rice field terraces


Borobudur model

Here are some of the traditional houses available:
1. Honai, traditonal house of Papua


2. Dalam Loka Sumawa, traditional house of Sasak, Nusa Tenggara Barat.


3. Traditional house of Sulawesi Tengah


And many more..

Overall, me and my students gained new knowledge about genius loci. It is our local culture who brought the spirit and richness of a place. The culture and tradition which are out of our concerns, need to be preserved. Local materials and characters will build local genius and give values to what we have in our built environment.


Wayang golek inside museum in Taman Nusa

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Posted by on May 14, 2015 in Campus Life, TRAVEL


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A Glance of Architectural Exhibition : How did Architects respond immediately after 3/11?

Just recently, from January 27th to  February 5th, I visited am architectural exhibition with my colleagues. The exhibition theme is: How did Architects respond immediately after 3/11-the greatest East Japan Earthquake ?


Poster displays

There were some case studies on posters and models displayed in the exhibition area. Some interesting objects which we saw namely: evacuation shelters, housing for all, village recovery planning and common space design.


Temporary housing in Miyagi Prefecture


Evacuation shelter from cardbox


Restoration plans by young architects


Container temporary housingbin Onagawa

All designs were results from immediate responds of architects for the tsunami 3/11 affected area, especially from the Japanese architects like Shigeru Ban, Toyo Ito, Young Architects and etc. They observed what people need and put their utmost efforts to help people in need. This is such a great efforts I learned, that in total despair, people should help each other. I amazed of how these architects worked and how they could implement their designs and plans. For me, this is the most important part, where plans are not just a plan, but plans which turned into reality.


Participation planning

As an architect also, I would like to reiterate that we must design and plan considering the people. Architecture is not only about buildings, but it is the people who brings energy to what we as architects create and called as an architecture.

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Posted by on February 13, 2015 in ARCHITECTURE & PLANNING, Campus Life


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