Indo-European house

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1828 coffee plantation villa in the Indo-European hybrid style, near Magelang, Central Java. One of the very few remaining examples of the style, this house is now part of the Losari Resort.

The Indo-European house was a nineteenth-century architectural style in the Dutch East Indies.

They were among the first European colonial buildings in Indonesia to incorporate indigenous architectural elements and attempt adapting to the climate. The basic form, including the longitudinal organisation of spaces and use of joglo and limasan roof structures, was Javanese, but it incorporated European decorative elements such as neo-classical (a European trend of the time) columns around deep verandahs.[1] A predominant feature of the homes, the verandah often had potted palms, cool concrete or marble tiles covered with split bamboo matts and terracotta roof tiles.

Whereas the Indo-European homes were essentially Indonesian houses with European trim, by the early 20th century, the trend was for modernist influences—such as art-deco—being expressed in essentially European buildings with Indonesian trim. Practical measures carried over from the earlier Indo-European hybrids, which responded to the Indonesian climate, Overhanging eaves, larger windows and ventilation in the walls were.[2]


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  1. ^ Schoppert (1997), pp. 72-77
  2. ^ Schoppert (1997), pp. 104-105


  • Schoppert, P., Damais, S., Java Style, 1997, Didier Millet, Paris, pp. 19, 72–77, ISBN 962-593-232-1