The Eco-Cultural Beauty of Gunung Geulis - Story By Fransisca Restiawardani - Nestled within the lush Gunung Geulis in Bogor, The Amalina represents a hidden Indonesian treasure. The resort compound is strikingly beautiful, featuring a heavenly multi-level garden with pathways connecting three buildings that exemplify Indonesia’s oldest traditional architecture. Here is where the old charm of ancient Indonesia meets the practicality and comfort of 21st-century civilization.
Back when the The Amalina was but a concept, top Indonesian architects deemed the project impossible, believing that heritage preservation can’t engage the basic principles of homemaking. The idea of adapting centuries-old traditional Indonesian houses for modern-day habitability without making major changes to their original design was unimaginable and unrealistic.
Today, however, we can see how the old houses within The Amalina’s compound have been restored to their original splendor. Standing gracefully on a lush green landscape rich with natural elements, they have become some of the finest examples of modern-day traditional homes.
Saving Indonesia’s Vanishing Heritage - Farida Mardiati and Janti Soekirman have long shared a love of traditional Indonesian architecture. When the pair acquired the long-awaited two hectares of land in Gunung Geulis, the first idea that came to mind was to create an authentic Indonesian eco-cultural sanctuary - which led to a relentless search for Indonesia’s oldest abandoned houses. The mission was to bring these houses to the land in Gunung Geulis to be restored to their original function as residences. The challenge, however, was to keep the original design while injecting modern elements to make the houses more comfortable for living.