With the cautious reopening of South East Asian countries to international visitors, it was time that air travel started to resuscitate this year. Business travel is more or less going full throttle as we start to meet business partners and colleagues in person rather through a Zoom call. So I took the first flight out without the need for any Covid tests or quarantine. It almost felt normal again.
This was a trip to Medan, the capital of North Sumatra, and also the fourth largest city in Indonesia.
As this was a short business trip, I didn’t have time to visit the main attractions of Medan. However, one thing that caught my eye in the city was the Tirtanadi Water Tower. Located at the corner of a busy traffic intersection, it’s not that readily visible due to tall buildings and trees obstructing the view.
Water towers are nothing new and have existed for years as a means to store and supply water to a city or town. The elevated water reservoir helps to maintain water pressure in the piping system and serves as a buffer when water demand rises. Most of them are utilitarian looking or downright ugly, but some are real architectural gems and become a landmark in their own right.
This water tower’s design has a somewhat medieval look with the battlement like structures at it’s top, and narrow windows along it’s sides.
The Tirtanadi Water Tower is a protected monument and is one of the few monuments which still serves it’s purpose even until today.