During my time on the island of Bali in Indonesia I noticed this particular ruin while getting a Gojek back to my hotel in Sidakarya, and made a mental note to return when I had more time to do a proper exploration. The name I’ve given it is almost certainly not what it was actually called – given the absence of any information about it I just gave it one based on it’s location in the Pedungan area of Denpasar.

Outside the derelict office complex. The hanging banner in the centre looks like a 'For Sale' advertisement
Outside the derelict office complex. The hanging banner in the centre looks like a 'For Sale' advertisement

The exterior is done in typical Balinese style with an large, overhanging Hip Roof, and an awning above the ground floor windows covered in Terracotta tiles.

There’s really not much left to speak of regarding the interior – the fixtures and furnishings have long since been stripped out, and in their absence there’s really not much to go on in terms of figuring out what this once was.

 

A local friend informed me that this would most likely have been office space – the building layout is apparently quite a common choice for this in Indonesia, although as to the name or nature of the company (or companies) based there I wasn’t able to dig anything up using my usual methods. I do however, have a rough idea of how long it has been derelict – One of the few remainders that hadn’t been stripped or graffitied over, was a “Happy New Year” message emblazoned on a wall on the ground floor, indicating that it’s been around a decade since this building was last in use.

Dates the ruin at least. Notice the peeled
Dates the ruin at least. Notice the peeled "New Year" behind the current "New" sticker. I guess the message went up in the same place every year
The building is centered over this open space, illuminated by natural light seeping through the tileless roof
The building is centered over this open space, illuminated by natural light seeping through the tileless roof

The layout itself is actually pretty interesting – you enter the building into a large open-plan space – that I assume at one point was filled with desks – with a large square cutaway in the middle of the ceiling that forms the first floor(1) which currently, due to the lack of tiles on the roof, forms a kind of atrium. From what I can see though, originally this section of the roof would have been covered, so I presume that the “hole” either allowed whoever occupied first floor office with the view to the ground floor, to survey the proceedings, or was just some architectural flair to spice things up.

The open plan ground floor. Not much left to go on for envisaging what it was once like
The open plan ground floor. Not much left to go on for envisaging what it was once like
Optical cables below - be careful!
Optical cables below - be careful!
Graffiti on the ground floor
Graffiti on the ground floor
Bricked up doorway - possibly leading into the occupied building next door
Bricked up doorway - possibly leading into the occupied building next door
Smashed flooring tiles cover the ground
Smashed flooring tiles cover the ground

The first floor setup is pretty much the same as the ground, although the slightly odd ‘slanted-front’ of the building is much more noticeable. Stacks of roof tiles have been amassed here and have obviously lain dormant for a while as evidenced by the plant growth over them. As far as I can see they’re either the tiles from the bare roof that someone saw enough value in to strip, but then never got around to taking away, or (and I suspect this might be closer to the truth), a failed attempt at restoring the place somewhat, in an effort to make it more appealing to potential buyers.

Life finding a way on the first floor of the offices
Life finding a way on the first floor of the offices
These 1st floor windows on the front of the building are visible in the exterior shots
These 1st floor windows on the front of the building are visible in the exterior shots
A piece of graffiti sips from the rather unappetising toilet bowl
A piece of graffiti sips from the rather unappetising toilet bowl
A sorry looking plant that sprouted from underneath the tiles
A sorry looking plant that sprouted from underneath the tiles
The standard of grafitti in Bali is pretty damn high. This piece looks 3D from this angle
The standard of grafitti in Bali is pretty damn high. This piece looks 3D from this angle

Despite the huge amount of graffiti and ease of access in a heavily-trafficked location, I failed to find any photos of this place online, although doubtless they exist as it’s quite photogenic, and it would surprise me if it wasn’t frequented by the Instagram crowd or used for model shoots. It could be that it’s known by a special name locally or, (almost certainly) that my searching in Bahasa Indonesia needs some work.

Looking directly up from the centre of ground floor
Looking directly up from the centre of ground floor

Currently, based on the rotted banner hanging out front which is now unreadable, but intact in a Streetview photo from December 2016, it’s currently up for Sale or Rental by a broker called ‘Yunita’ – who has a limited online presence, although I did find more listings from them through searching the phone number displayed, but nothing on this property, so perhaps they’ve given up on it.

I’ll update this post if, and when, I find out more.

What I like to think of as the
What I like to think of as the "Overseer's" office, looking down over the ground floor
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