Madukara is a cafe and event space located in Bandung, Indonesia, where it takes place at the lobby of a 3-star hotel that has been established for nearly about two decades. The hotel embeds a Neo-Vernacular form of a building, which was familiarly popular in Bandung during the 20th-century, a movement that merged traditional tropical consideration mostly found in the roof, and art deco or other modern manifestation in the Dutch East Indies architecture.
The old-fashioned atmosphere of the existing hotel previously had come to the point where the owner wanted to rejuvenate the space, attracting new consumer demographic with the third-place activation of an experimental exciting environment. Therefore, the space aims to merge collaborative event space and experimental casual fine dining experience, that refreshes the current hotel environment.
The new architectural intervention is by creating a box along the axis of the existing lobby, keeping the entrance as minimal as possible for not confronting the initial elaborated facade, resulting in a balance that is not overpowering one another. This box of the blank canvas was then painted with greeneries and an earthy, grounded feel embodied in both architectural and interior elements without compromising the operational practicality. With seamless interconnection between the entrance, fine dining, event space, and bar area, the cafe has created a strong intersection as a meeting space, where people can sit together effortlessly together and exchange ideas.