Aaksen Responsible Aarchitecture
LOKO Cafe Bandung
Representing the Indonesian Railway Company in Contemporary Way

Architect: Aaksen Responsible Aarchitecture

Location: Pasir Kaliki, Bandung

Year: 2019

Gross Built Area: 1223 m2

Photographer: Bayu Herdiadi, Azzahra Dartaman, Fadli Putra

Located at heritage site where the historic Bandung Railway Station situated, Loko Café Bandung is a café that welcomes every train passenger in Bandung Railway Station that reminisces a nostalgic feeling towards the old station, while representing the Indonesian Railway Company in a contemporary way. The café itself is named Loko after locomotive, owned by Indonesian Railway Company. Therefore, the design approach signifies railway elements and nostalgic feeling of the historic site, with the basic function of fulfilling needs as the foremost transit area, and reconnecting people and place. The idea then is to establish a plaza at the front, where people can seamlessly gather from multiple sides, as well as becoming a node of Bandung Railway Station. The main building is located at the back, creating a dramatic scale with a twist of a popped-out mass, with an old-fashioned freight train with landscape elements of the railway station. The building is constructed by steel and glass for modern approach and efficiency, with the additional historic touch of dark timber from old wooden railway sleepers, which resembles the Dutch Indies legacy time in Indonesia railways history. The main building responds to tropical context with an elongated pitched gable roof that creates shading without any additional elements. The interior exposes material as it is, by having steel, concrete, brick, glass, and dark timber which all were extracted from the basic elements of train and railway station.