Komunitas Salihara

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Stands on a land of some 3,000 square meters of land on Jalan Salihara 16, Pasar Minggu, South Jakarta. It consists of three main buildings: Teater Salihara, Galeri Salihara, plus an office building and guesthouse.

TEATER SALIHARA can accommodate up to 252 people. This is the first black box theater building in Indonesia. Built with sound-proof walls, the theater is complete with dressing rooms and all the modern stage, sound, and lighting equipments. The rooftop of the Teater Salihara building is also designed to serve as an open-air theater.

GALERI SALIHARA, unlike most gallery structures in general, is in the form of a cylinder whose circumference is shaped rather like an oval. An empty space with circular walls, without angles, without borders, will provide a wider perspective for the viewers. A cozy food court with an open view is situated below the gallery, offering a variety of miscellaneous foods and drinks.

No less unique is the four-storied building housing offices, library, guesthouse, and bookstore. The uppermost floor partly protrudes and hovers over the rooftop of the theater building, while the lowermost floor disappears in partly under the ground.partly vanishes into the ground.

In terms of its architecture, the complex of Komunitas Salihara can be viewed as an interesting architectural experiment. It is the work of three architects, each having his own distinctive style—the theater building is designed by Adi Purnomo, the art gallery by Marco Kusumawijaya, and the office building by Isandra Matin Ahmad. The three of them sat together to integrate their designs within the same vision: to build a new home for the arts and ideas, one that is environmentally friendly and usespends less energy.

Komunitas Salihara will grow along with a smarter, more open, and more democratic public. Its managers believe that mastery in the arts serves as a precious investment today for the growth of the nation’s children from this day on. The public plays a very important part in fostering such mastery.