A comparative study: Toba Batak, Karo Batak, Minangkabau
The village architecture of Sumatra offers some of the most unique examples of built heritage in Indonesia. The distinctive roof structures with their various gables and upward-rising spires have become a symbol of the richness of Indonesian cultural heritage and the important role architecture has played in processes of identity formation throughout Indonesian history. In this volume based on comparative research of the village architecture of the Karo Batak, the Toba Batak and the Minangkabau, the distinctive characteristics of regional architectural features are examined with a view to obtain a cognitive comprehension of architectural principles. Moreover, the architecture of Sumatra is seen as a physical expression of mythological stories. An ongoing documentation and interpretation of the regional architecture can contribute to the preservation of the built heritage of Sumatra, in order to foster a sense of belonging and regional identity also for future generations.