Structural Construction

After almost two centuries, Grahadi looks as solid as the day the first Dutch Resident moved in. This is due to the building's sound construction under the supervision of colonial architects who, by 1795, had already estabilshed a tradition of building in the East Indies that was over a hundred years old.

Grahadi's structural itegrity is all the more surprising , when one cosiders that the internal walls on both the ground and upper floors were construced from red brick, without concrete or cement.

Grahadi's steep piched roof is typical of Dutch Colonial Buildings in the tropics which were designed to keep inappropiately dressed Eurpeans from suffering in the head. The high roof allows for increased circulation of air and for the run-off of heavy monsoon rains. The thick, solid walls in sulate the interior from the head of the sun.