iSurprise Gedung OLVEH

Hidden art deco treasure

Squeezed between Jakarta’s modern skyline stands proud this art deco gem.

Art deco gem

OLVEH stands for Onderlinge Levenszerkering Van Eigen Hulp, a Dutch Indies Insurance Company, designed by RLA Schoemaker, brother of famous architect CP Schoemaker. Staying true to its roots, the building is still owned by an insurance company, Jiwasraya.

A new lease of life

Vacant for years, it got a new lease of life as an office for research agency IRAI.The building is now a happening place with pop-up art exhibitions, workshops and other fun events. It also host Kopi Kopling, a coffee lab to train people who work in coffee industry.

Age matters

Original tiles above the entrance says ‘OLVEH van 1879’. It is the birth year of the company, the building dates back to 1921.

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