Joglo is the famous traditional building in Java especially in central
Java. Joglo refers to a traditional wooden house, which has building
standard or it is called pakem in Javanese. Commonly joglo is made of
high quality of wood since this kind of wood is rather expensive thus
only wealthy people or noble whose can build it. At times part of it
like the front door or called gebyog are made in luxurious handcraft
with particular theme and has specific meaning or philosophy.
Therefore, a grand Javanese wooden house is highly priced.
has specific home plan, which each part of it has particular purport.
The home plan of joglo may divide into several parts such as senthong
and omah jero as primary territory, jogan and gandhok as secondary
territory then pendapa as public territory. Each territory has its own
purpose and rules. Primary territory means only the owner has
permanently and completes control, senthong that means a room with
partition use as private room for the dwellers then omah jero that has
similar function with senthong. Next is secondary territory, which is
periodically controlled and wide coverage area, this room is not
exclusively being used by the dwellers or certain person. Jogan and
gandhok is including is this area that is set as semi private room,
gandhok is usually set as dining room or living room. jogan is used to
receive informal guest or relatives, this part different from pendapa
that is a public territory to receive formal guest, in this territory
everyone is allowed as long as that person comply with with certain
condition in this area. The home plan of Javanese wooden house can be
developed in accordance to the needs however, it still proper to the
master plan of it.
This type of wooden house requires spacious
area that currently difficult to find. On the other hand, the price is
in high price that people will think twice to build it. Thus, its
function no longer as a dwelling but it has change as a meeting room
since today people do not build their house in joglo style. There is
also use as restaurant or hotel which will give unique experience to
people when the visit the Javanese wooden house.