Microlibrary Hanging Gardens

Social / 4th Quarter 2019

Microlibrary Hanging Gardens

by Florian Heinzelmann

December 19, 2019

The story of the Microlibrary Hanging Gardens at Babakansari, Kiaracondong, Bandung is a somewhat extended one: what we imagined to be simple turned out to be challenging. SHAU was assigned by Ridwan Kamil—then mayor of Bandung; now governor of West Java—to design another microlibrary after completing the Bima and Taman Lansia ones with the help of corporate social responsibility (CSR) funding from Manila Water. (The CSR funding model, in comparison to the governmental budget, ensured that the architect could assign a preferred contractor and had control over the building realisation.)

The building was inaugurated at the end of April 2019 and the community is eagerly anticipating the rainy season to continue the planting of additional vegetation.


Project NameMicrolibrary Hanging Gardens
LocationBandung, Indonesia
Completion Date29 April 2019
Site Area323 hectares
Gross FLoor Area175.5 square metres
Number of Rooms1 rooom
Building Height6.5 metrres
Client/OwnerManila Water; City of Bandung
Architecture FirmSHAU Indonesia
Principal ArchitectsFlorian Heinzelmann; Daliana Suryawinata
Design TeamRizki Supratman; Muhammad Ichsan; Timothy Vittorio; Sneha Arvind
Main ContractorDicky Lesmana
Civil & Structural EngineerJoko Agus Catur Wibowo
Images/PhotosSHAU Indonesia; Dudi Sugandi

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