Saturday, September 13, 2008

The Southern Facade of Villa Isola

Villa Isola 2 copyrights Eki Akhwan


Text and picture by Eki Qushay Akhwan
I received quite a number of great comments for my yesterday's Skywatch Friday post about Villa Isola or Bumi Siliwangi. Thank you all.

My good friend Virginia of Birmingham, Alabama, Daily Photo asked me if I could post a closer look photo of the building. Her (and your) wish is my command. So, here it is another photo of Villa Isola or Bumi Siliwangi. This is the southern facade of the building, the one overlooking the valley with the view of the city of Bandung underneath. (Yesterday's photo was that of the northern facade overlooking Mt Tangkuban Parahu.)

A little bit more information about the building:
Villa Isola and its surrounding gardens occupied an area of 120,000 square meters, cost about a half million of the 1930's Dutch guilders to build (I don't how much that would be in today's money value, but it must be a lot). The name Villa Isola itself comes from a placard that Barretty had ordered to be made and placed that read "Me Isolo e Vivo" (in Italian) which means "I isolate my self and live." Back then, Villa Isola was of course a remote countryside area.

13 comments:

Kelly said...

What a beautiful shot! I am glad you took Virginia's advice and posted another one! I have really missed your blog this week! Some great photos!

Livio said...

Yes the building is strange and fascinating. Thanks for information about.
I'm surprised to the Italian name of this Villa. I like this photo and your text.
I'd like to precise in Italian "Mi isolo e vivo".
Thanks for your visiting and frequent comments in my site.
Have a very nice weekend!

Livio

Virginia said...

Eki,
I am flattered that my wish is your command! My, my this Art Deco buildining is even lovlier than I thought. Reminds me of a Miami Beach hotel a little. Thanks for the second look.
V

Kelly said...

Such kind comments! Thank you!
Of course you may use the link. If you want more information about the program please email me!

Carrie Hayes said...

Eki I would love for you to join the scavenger hunt. There is no rule on posting on friday you can post anytime of the week if you want..Most of the hunters post over the weekend or on monday.. I will put you on the list

Michelle's Rambling Woods said...

Eki..glad that you joined SW and that you were able to show more photos of the building..You always have interesting infor and the skies clear for you..GG...

metromanila said...

That is a very beautiful building.

Arija said...

Both this and last weeks shot, sorry I could not visit - was out of range of internet-, are very fitting for skywatch. I always appreciate accompanying information as well.

metromanila said...

That is a beautiful looking building. The simple painting job accentuate its features which otherwise would've been overwhelmed by color.

Hilda said...

It's a beautiful building, Eki! And wonderful information about it yesterday — thank you.

babooshka said...

That is even more like those art deco builidng in the UK. What would you call a typical Bandung style building, or is it an eclectic mix?

JM said...

Amazing architecture!!!

Jon said...

Eki,

What is your email? I lost it and have wanted to contact you for some time. I have been doing a lot of photography of late.

Jon