It goes without saying that one building after the other was built in the Dutch East Indies, the current Indonesia. Newspapers jubilated ‘again a jewel for the city.’ The man behind it was Eduard Cuypers (1859-1927). With his firm he was one of the most celebrated architects in the Netherlands around 1900. He has fallen into oblivion due to changed views in architecture. Working from Amsterdam, his office designed numerous projects ‘overseas’ in collaboration with Marius Hulswit (1862-1921) and Arthur Fermont (1882-1967), many of this buildings still exist in Indonesia. They are landmarks of a bygone era in Indonesian city. This is a fascinating story about these buildings and the people behind them.
This is the English revised edition of the book Alweer een sieraad voor de stad
Obbe H. Norbruis graduated architecture and urban design at the University of Delft. He did research in that area. He worked in the Netherlands as a designer and consultant for various agencies and
countless municipalities. Interested in architecture and urbanism from the colonial past, he expanded his field of research to Indonesia.