Indonesian batik is a decorative fabric that involves an arduous and intricate process of dying clothes though the application and subtraction of wax. Originated and developed in Indonesia centuries ago, batik quickly developed to become part of Indonesia's cultural lexicon as its design encompasses symbolic meaning of their everyday life and heritage. Museum Batik aims to incorporate and express the process of batik in its architecture through two main systems, the fabric and the wax, or in this case, the primary surface and the secondary surface.
The building emerges from the ground plane as a continuous surface which is folded, creating an architecture resembling a tailored batik cloth. As the cloth rises from the ground, a secondary surface peels off the primary surface as a layered screening element. In effect, the secondary surface projects shadow upon the primary surface, revealing an ever changing pattern throughout the day. Similar to the resist dyeing process in batik, the final pattern will only be revealed on the primary surface as light filters through the layers of the screen. Furthermore, the spatial procession and experiences of the building intend to educate the public on the process of batik by providing a design which embodies the principles of batik.
Museum Batik manifests the process of batik in its architecture by expressing a symbiotic relationship between two systems, the primary surface (fabric) and the secondary surface (wax). The process of batik not only informs the design of the building, but also creates an interactive architecture educating museum guests through experience.