Identifying Local Builders’ Roles in Physical Transformation of Minangkabau’s Rumah Gadang

  • Feni Kurniati
  • Hafsah Salamah
  • Sri Suryani
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Rumah gadang as a vernacular house of Minangkabau has undergone a series of physical transformations. These transformations represent changes in typical construction practices of rumah gadang in Minangkabau. This paper aims to scrutinise house-building practices conducted by tukang kampung (non-institutional village builders) in one of the oldest nagari (indigenous settlement) in Minangkabau, Nagari Sumpu. This approach is selected deliberately to investigate the re-construction process of vernacular architecture in the present context of Minangkabau, and to understand the concept of vernacularity manifested within the process. This study shows that the re-construction of rumah gadang by tukang tuo, Datuak Pe, has prompted a revival of vernacular architecture specifically in Nagari Sumpu. This also reveals that the practice of re-constructing rumah gadang results in another vernacular phenomena: restating the kaum’s (matri-kin) existence, reviving local building knowledge and methods, and establishing local builders’ networks, which are undeniably contributing to the understanding of the concept of vernacularity.


Rumah Gadang Vernacular architecture Tukang Tuo The revival of vernacular architecture 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Feni Kurniati
    • 1
  • Hafsah Salamah
    • 1
  • Sri Suryani
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Architecture, Planning and Policy DevelopmentInstitut Teknologi BandungBandungIndonesia

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