Monday, September 19, 2016

Publication : Slanted House by Budi Pradono Architects in Bob Magazine no 146 / 2016





This small house is located on 8x20m lot in Pondok Indah district. Although it is a part of gated community, this building located on the edge  small river with a village right across the river. Pondok Indah in South Jakarta is a residential area which is indeed successfully built in the 80’s. since then, Pondok Indah is being a symbolic status. Some of the most successful parliament member in Jakarta as well as some celebrities who come from other regions feel like a must-have house in this area. This symbol of success is generally showed by architectural language. For instance, structural column is similar to that of Italyor France. This pillar shows a success. To answer this challenge, the designer starts to ask the homeowner whether she still needs those symbol or vice versa. It turns out that she agrees to demolish this situation by deconstructing this common discourse, tilting the whole house to be something that almost fals down. This house is also next door of Indonesian musician, Ahmad Dhani. His house is painted totally black whereas this house is all white. This unintentionally coincidence reinforces (Slanted House) as an architecture which criticizes it environment. The spatial function of the house uses a new sequence. The public area is placed on the first floor, which consists of pantry, study area and swimming pool. Second level has private rooms such as master bedroom, wardrobe and bathroom. The bathroom acts as a response to the current trend of urban lifestyle. People normally spend more time in a bathroom for quiet time and contemplative room while using smart phones, reading newspaper or social media as a communication device. The top level is used for lounge and guest room. In the building section, the private area is put in the middle, like a sandwich between public areas. The whole building relies on the steel structure as a representative of a modern housing which depends on fabrication. This framework is now agreed to be slanted as a symbol of instability and a deconstruction of surroroundings.


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