February 28, 2021, 12.22 AM

Headquartered in a disused 6,500 square-meter former headquarters for Peruri or The Indonesian Mint [printers of Indonesian bank notes] in South Jakarta, M Bloc Space shrewdly used the space to convey its message. Now the company sought to do the same with Pos Bloc.

M Bloc Space announced that it will demolish the Jakarta Philatelic Building’s old spaces to make way for restaurants, retail and public spaces. The latter includes spaces for entertainment, cultural exhibitions and footpaths.

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Handoko noted that the tenants "are movers in the creative industry, among them film and music. As for the businesses, they are in the form of shops or pop up stores.

"We are currently finding prospective tenant. It is important that they share our vision, so as to keep [the Jakarta Philately Building's] spiriti alive," Handoko said.

Handoko will also allocate space for musical venues. He added that they will have a retro sound to evoke Pos Bloc's old-school ambiance.

“[Pos Bloc] will like feature bands like White Shoes & The Couples Company, Naif, or NonaRia. The atmosphere is certainly suitable,” Handoko explained.

He pointed out that Pos Bloc has not gotten off the drawing board. The venue will start construction next April, four months before its official opening on Indonesia's Independence Day on August 17. 

(Writer: Nabilla Ramadhian | Editor: Anggara Wikan Prasetya)

Sources:

https://travel.kompas.com/read/2021/02/12/123100027/gedung-filateli-jakarta-bakal-diubah-jadi-tempat-nongkrong-kekinian 

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