Friday, July 18, 2008
PUSDAI Roof Interior
Text and picture by Eki Qushay Akhwan
This is the roof interior view of the PUSDAI (Center for Islamic Studies) mosque, one of the largest mosques in the city of Bandung. It occupies an area of 4.5 hectares at Diponegoro street, near West Java Govenor's Office Mansion Complex, Gedung Sate. The mosque was designed by a local architect Slamet Sonjaya. The construction of the center began in 1992 and was only completed in 1997.
Many mosques in Indonesia use the local elements in their architecture and design. The designs of the roof's wood structure, ornaments, and the chandelier pictured above, for example, are adapted from the Sundanese tranditional house architecture. Like the mosque architecture, Islam in Indonesia is generally a religion which has been assimilated into the local cultures and values.
Here is a link to a blog article by Prof. Bambang Setiabudhi of the Department of Architecture at Bandung Institute of Technology, discussing mosque architecture in Indonesia.
Bandung Daily Photo