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eben Incorporates Double Courtyards into a House for Tranquil Living in Jakarta

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Location
Jakarta, Indonesia
Site Area
480 sqm
Gross Floor Area
500 sqm
Architecture Firm
Lead Architect
Ebenhaezer Lontoh
Civil & Structural Engineer
Suryadi
M&E Engineer
Naralog
Lighting Consultant
Kiri Atelier
General Contractor
Naralog
Interior Fit-out Contractor
Clay.Interior
Photographer
Ernest Theofilus & Mario Wibowo Photography
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Of a few places one could safely retreat and relax in this pandemic time is one’s own abode. Many have since reconsidered and rethought their perspective of what an ideal home should be. Among many criteria of an ideal home expected by many homeowners today, having an inner garden or courtyard is on the top list. Completed in 2020, the Raffles House by eben is an ideal example of a house with courtyards that promotes the dwellers’ well-being in this current situation.

eben Incorporates Double Courtyards into a House for Tranquil Living in Jakarta

©eben

Situated on the outskirts of Jakarta, Raffles House resides in a housing estate to allow better openness yet optimum security. eben utilises this advantage and creates an incredibly open interior that features two separate courtyards within the land plot. The front courtyard, consisting of a koi fishpond and a marble statue, acts as a buffer between the neighbourhood and the home interior. With a sleek and reserved material palette as the finishing—grey walls, vertical timber louvres, stone, and timber floors, as well as a body of water— this area brings a serene experience for both homeowners and guests as they enter the house and proceed to the living area.

eben Incorporates Double Courtyards into a House for Tranquil Living in Jakarta

©eben / Mario Wibowo Photography

eben Incorporates Double Courtyards into a House for Tranquil Living in Jakarta

©eben / Mario Wibowo Photography

The central courtyard, acting as the main outdoor space within the house, is flanked by a living and dining area on the ground floor. Here, a generous-sized swimming pool sits adjacent to a full-length vertical garden, which, in contrast to the serene courtyard at the front, sets a livelier outdoor space for the family to hang out, swim, and simply relax. As the focal point of the house, the central courtyard also provides a more private view for the bedrooms on the upper floor.

eben Incorporates Double Courtyards into a House for Tranquil Living in Jakarta

©eben / Ernest Theofilus

Besides the expansive outdoor spaces this house contains, the prominently featured timber louvres across the house add depths of tranquillity and closeness to nature. On clear days, these enveloping louvres also provide a unique canvas painted by the shadows of the surrounding trees. The meticulous repetitions and order of each timber fins not only are satisfying to gaze at, but also give the sense of calmness. In terms of practicality, the timber louvres generate the needed privacy for this house and sufficiently shade the interior from the sun.

eben Incorporates Double Courtyards into a House for Tranquil Living in Jakarta

©eben / Ernest Theofilus

eben Incorporates Double Courtyards into a House for Tranquil Living in Jakarta

©eben / Ernest Theofilus

While the two courtyards in this house do not necessarily introduce lush greenery within the garden, the subtlety of this building’s precise angles, straight lines, and minimal numbers of materials emphasises the presence of natural elements like shadow, light, as well as water and plants. The prominent sense of tranquillity that is present within the house, then, becomes the most compelling aspect comparable to being in a natural space, which many homeowners seek after these days.

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