The transformation of the Royal Netherlands East Indies Army’s (d.abb.: KNIL) warehouses explores the boundaries of heritage adaptive reuse in Bandung. My intention is to show how the design for an inclusive & healthy environment can address social & ecological challenges in a more integrated way.
In a built environment like the city of Bandung, the cityscape is dominated by social segregation between the formally structured communities and the more organic ‘kampung’ villages. This segregation is responsible to a significant degree for most of the urban problems, including environmental pollution. Instead my project seeks integration, both socially & spatially. Social integration is about understanding people and the community and makes use of the strengths that different social groups can contribute to the urban environment. Spatial inclusion largely refers to the urban context and what new projects can do to improve and accommodate social interaction.
The project’s intention, and mine as a future architect, is to show how architecture and reuse can contribute to healthier and more resilient cities. To this end, an understanding of the context and the people and their needs is essential. The project seeks to make people aware of the prevailing issues by integrating a plastic waste recycling cycle with a community centre of creative spaces and educational facilities. Here, waste can become part of the daily routine, so that people can explore its endless possibilities.