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Rice Barn House Fuses Vernacular Architecture with Contemporary Building Technology

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Project Name
Location
Tangerang, Indonesia
Completion Date
March 2022
Gross Floor Area
250 square metres
Architecture Firm
Architects
Kelvin Thengono, Jenny Alvionita & Fikri Mailadi
Contractor
Reca Studio
Photographer
Mario Wibowo
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Rice Barn House is designed by responding to the site's environmental condition and celebrating the inherited traditional local construction methodology. Given the compact lot and the client's brief to have sufficient programs in the house, the design approach seeks to fuse Indonesia's vernacular architecture with contemporary building technology to accommodate current living lifestyle. Thus, vernacular architecture elements from lumbung padi (Indonesian rice barn) are incorporated and synthesised with modern material selections.

Rice Barn House Fuses Vernacular Architecture with Contemporary Building Technology

The house form is inspired by lumbung padi whose structure is built on 4 columns with a ground floor slab raised 2 metres above ground. Characterised by two levels, the traditional barn house is usually built with contrasting spatial qualities: the ground level as an open-sided pavilion and the first level as an enclosed private space. These spatial qualities are associated with living program placements.

Rice Barn House Fuses Vernacular Architecture with Contemporary Building Technology

The gambrel roof design from lumbung padi is modified into a trapezoid prism holding private programs such as bedrooms and private bathrooms. The roof of the prism is punctured with a circular skylight at the center. The trapezoid's slanted walls are punctured with window openings to supply natural light and allow cross-and-stack ventilation throughout the private quarters.

Rice Barn House Fuses Vernacular Architecture with Contemporary Building Technology

Nested underneath is an open-plan living room connected by a central spiral staircase. The living room is enveloped with frameless bi-fold doors that blur the outdoor-to-indoor boundary.

Rice Barn House Fuses Vernacular Architecture with Contemporary Building Technology

Surrounded by continuous terraces and vegetation, the living room mimics the openness of the pavilion from lumbung padi, allowing as much natural wind flow to pass through from all sides. With the shifting lifestyle nowadays, access to natural ventilation is considered to be a significant element in the quality of life which bolsters the openness of pavilion spatial quality.

Rice Barn House Fuses Vernacular Architecture with Contemporary Building Technology

All other supporting programs are clustered on the ground level to serve the living programs' needs on the levels above. The modernisation of lumbung padi as a traditional house is achieved through applying a selection of modern building materials and technologies that accommodates contemporary lifestyle.

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