Rumah Joglo (Joglo House)

Joglo type of houses are built by several ethnic groups in Java. Betawi ethnic group also built this type of house. Often associated with the name of a village in west part of Jakarta, Joglo village, it is believed that the Joglo type of house emerged at around the same time, thus as old as the Joglo village.

Although the form of Betawi Joglo House is similar to the architecture of Joglo houses found in Central Java and Jogjakarta, it does not have a roof pillars to divide the inner space. In Betawi Joglo house, the distribution of rooms is not determined by the pillars known as Soko Guru in Central Java’s Joglo house.

Materials used to build Joglo house uses natural materials such as teak, fibers for the roof, and woven bamboo for the inner walls. This type of house was usually built by the community leaders or village elders, whom in the past were called bebongkot. As a result, this type of house is also called the Bebongkot house. At the times when this house needs to accommodate more people than its capacity, for example at the time of Eid celebration, a rectangular structure without walls is built in front of the house, which is called blandongan.