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Jakarta Post

Sitok Srengenge’s true sanctuary

  • Indah Setiawati

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, June 3 2012   /  11:12 am

Poet Sitok SrengengePoet Sitok Srengenge chose to be different – opting to build a sanctuary for his family and friends as well as a place to inspire his wandering mind.“In general, Javanese consider a house as a place to stay, but I don’t. Mine should become a place that allows my mind and soul to wander freely although I am physically present in the house,” he says.He believes that walls should only serve as a partition; they should not shut off his rooms from their surroundings. Holding to that principle, he applied an open-space concept in his house in Bangunjiwo subdistrict in Bantul regency, fitting large windows and big doors all around. Around the home, he also maintains natural surroundings and avoids artificial gardens in the design.The 18,000-square-meter land consists of six buildings, including the main house; a pavilion with Javanese joglo architectural style; a pub...