ID-EA completes new family home in Jakarta
The frontage of the house is in a way antithetical to the surrounding neighbourhood, in which houses are mostly covered with massive fences and guard booths. Alam Family Residence prefers sharing the front yard through a nearly-transparent fence and pushes the privacy screen inward onto the facade, embracing new found relationships between indoor / outdoor and public / private. The perforated concrete west-facing wall acts as a breathing brise-soleil, preventing overheating on the building skin while filtering the abstract graphical light qualities and transforming the space throughout the day and night.
An 'E' shape plan effectively organises the internal masses of the house creating two inner voids that brings light and air deep into the house through both plan and section. Extensive vertical glazing around the inner courtyards and generous use of skylights negate the need for artificial lighting in the spaces including closet spaces during the day, yet creates constantly changing light conditions that activate the interior.
The interior of the house is a series of free-flowing, continuous spaces that foster a supportive, interactive family lifestyle. The consistent minimal white palate in the common area gives visual dominance to the bold red prayer niche - representing the family's tradition in a modern way - the bold yellow aquarium located in the heart of the dining-living areas, the dark wood 'rolling carpet' of the staircase, the abstracted Borneo jungle water wall with local natural stone and the vertical garden in the courtyard.