Bank Mandiri – Colonial Style

Last week I paid a visit to a local bank. I took pictures using my phone – hence not very good quality, as always. This bank is located in a very old Dutch-style building. The bank has not changed the interior of the building and make use almost all of the old structure.

It is an amazing building. They even retain the wooden panels for windows, colourful mosaic tile on the floor and even the ducting system is not changed. I just love it.



9 Responses to “Bank Mandiri – Colonial Style”

  1. 1 LB January 28, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    I love the very spy-like photos!! 🙂 Beautiful mosaic floor! And window screens..

  2. 2 colson January 28, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    These pictures -I like them. But I should be very cautious what to say … I’m a Belanda, you know?

    But well, I think it is a nice kind of nostalgia. And a tribute to all of those who have taken care of the maintenance of the building. The fact it looks still beautiful has to be due to their efforts – and to the quality of the photographer of course.

  3. 4 andiesummerkiss January 29, 2008 at 6:25 am

    Dear LB,

    They did make me feel like Mrs. Smith. Minus the big lips, of course. LoL

    Dear Colson,

    The quality of the photographer? You make me embarassed big time …

    Dear Paris,

    It’s gorgeous isn’t it. Absolutely timeless. It’s not the modern type of tiles, but it’s natural stone polished and put in place one by one. (Or so I have been told)

  4. 5 Giddy Tiger January 29, 2008 at 9:44 am

    Can you imagine how much trouble they went into to do the mosaic tiles?

  5. 6 anitamckay January 30, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    To me it looks more Indische rather than Dutch style, no? Can’t really tell without seeing the facade though.

    But two thumbs up for Bank Mandiri to preserve the original design. Bank Niaga around Indonesia was used to do that. But maintaining old buildings are expensive, and the government doesn’t encourage anything, only put more burdens with more “no” rather than giving solutions.

    There was one time we were developing an interior of an old Dutch house in Bandung, which we turned into commercial function. The beautiful mosaic tiles, must be covered by parquette (wooden floors) because it’s their design standard. What did the government say? OK, as long as we don’t change the facade. Huh?

  6. 7 happysurfer January 31, 2008 at 3:49 am

    In line with preserving the old colonial history here in KL, some old buildings downtown have also got their facade retained and a few units are housing banks. From the outside, they look like shophouses but inside it’s completely refurbished. I think we are going in the right direction in preserving the old KL for posterity. I haven’t been to one such bank though but I’m sure it looks totally modern inside.

    Surprised that you’re allowed to take pictures. Over here, usage of phones is not allowed once inside the bank, let alone take pictures.

    Yes, nice flooring. Thanks for sharing, Andie.

  7. 8 tipce August 9, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    not just colonial style, but doing “devide et impera” political

  8. 9 tipce October 18, 2008 at 11:27 am

    Union Busting in Bank Mandiri, the largest bank in Indonesia

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