Gedung Sate

The Historical “Satay House” (Bandung Government Building)

Gedung Sate is one of the most impressive architectural heritage landmarks, one that reflects the heyday of Indo-European style. It was built in the 1920-1926 period, and is fascinating and well -maintained. In the Dutch period in Indonesia, the building was noted as Gouvernement Bedrijven Building (GB Building). Now it is the Provincial Government of West Java (Pemda Jawa Barat) where the Governor has his office. The site has beautiful landscaping all around with a view of Mount Tangkuban Perahu in the distance.

Gedung Sate, is a neo-classical building mixed with native elements. Once the seat of the Dutch East Indies department of Transport, Public Works and Water Management, it now serves as the governor’s office of the West Java province in Indonesia. Located in Bandung, it was built in 1920 after a design by Dutch architect J. Gerber. Its common name, Gedung sate, is a nickname that translates literally from Indonesian to ‘satay building’, which is a reference to the shape of the building’s central pinnacle – which resemble the shape of one of the Indonesian traditional dish called satay. “Gedung Sate” is one of the historic buildings and has become a “landmark” in Bandung, and even West Java, for many years. And we know it as the central government of West Java, Indonesia.

Many architects and building experts expressed building Satay is one of the attractions of Bandung which have stunning elegant monumental buildings with unique architectural style leads to the form of Indonesia-European architectural style. Building Satay, with his trademark form of ornament skewers on the central tower, has long been a marker or landmark Bandung, which is not only known to the public in West Java, but also all over Indonesia and even model building was used as a signal for several buildings and city signs in West Java. For example, the building forms the front of the Railway Station Tasikmalaya. Built in 1920, this white building is still standing strong but graceful and now serves as the central building of government of West Java. In the history of building Satay, during the period of 4 years in September 1924 successfully completed the construction of the main building Gouverments Bedrijven parent, including the headquarters of the Postal, Telephone, Telegraph and the Library.