21 Apr. 2015|News

Brief History of The Indonesian Parliamentary Building

The complex of the Parliament of The Republic of Indonesia was firstly built as a Jakarta Political Venue to support Conefo (Conference of the New Emerging Forces), which was President Soekarno's idea to form a new block of force comprising of developing countries in response to the two blocks of forces at that time.

The project initially started on 8 March 1965. The first piling was conducted on 19 April 1965, coincided with the commemoration of the tenth anniversary of Asian African Conference, and attended by a number of head of states from countries participated in the 1955 Asian African Conference.

The development of the project being suspended due to Communist Party coup at 1965, it was continued under President Soeharto with a switch of purpose of the building with several adjustment.

The architect of the complex, Soejoedi Wirjoatmodjo, was chosen from a competition. He designed the main building (Nusantara) roof in a shape of a flapping wings of Garuda. Garuda bird is the national symbol of Republic of Indonesia. The roof design was founded accidentally when Soejoedi tried to shape a dome roof for the main building model. Realized that the dome roof model was not made in a perfect shape, he decided to reconstruct the model and turned it into the current roof model after consulting Sutami, a civil engineer.

The Nusantara, Nusantara I and Nusantara II building were handed over to the Secretariat General of the Indonesian House of Representatives on 1968. While the Nusantara V Building was finished at 1982 and Nusantara IV in 1983. Since 1968 the buildinghas been used as the Indonesia House of Representatives facility to promoting democracy.