Nelson House / TWS & Partners


Architect: TWS & Partners
Principal in charge: Tonny W Suriadjaja
Project team: Inge, Budi Setiawan, Grace Dian, Arianto
Client: Private
Structural engineers: Purwa
Lighting design:
Landscape design: Niken Larasati
Main contractor: Tan Sie Siong
Land area: 700 sqm
Constructed area: 750 sqm
Design year: 2007
Construction year: 2007-2008
Photographs: Fernando Gomulya

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Architectural concept

  1. To swap the semi private living room area from rear to front part of the land. In doing this, the living will have a “borrowed” view to the adjacent public park.
  2. To elevate the main “ground” floor which consist of living, swimming pool and garden to 3 (three) meter above street level, also to maximize the view to surrounding park.
  3. To give a big, tropical “hat” to the building as a sunshade to the master bedroom at the second floor.




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  • architektenfreund

    I might be wrong but the maids rooms are about the size of the masters bed!! and as far as I could read from the plans, they don’t even have windows.
    Maybe I should simply open a catalog about Richard Neutra and look at the same details without feeling nauseous.

    • speedwing

      And the maids don’t even have a bathroom. Just a toilet.

      • INawe

        Seems pretty typical. At least the maids have their own rooms (and they do have windows… facing straight into a wall). Their bathroom probably has a showerhead right over the toilet. That aside… this building… yuck.

        The mastersuite is so disgustingly big that besides the maids i feel sorry for the children.

        Child: Mom, why is your closet bigger than my room?
        Mom: Don’t worry about it.


  • jw

    all the lines and planes… and materials. Is it just me? or does it seem like there is a bit too much going on in some of these interior shots. my eye doesn’t know where to look! i also feel that the proportion of spaces isn’t so balanced— or maybe i’m just taken away by the size of that master suite. whatever the client desires i suppose.

  • skubanga

    that’s a house for some rich kid,… i like the master stateroom.

  • AMR

    Sometimes people have too much money….and this is what happens……….

  • RATM

    no character, no passion, no detail… so what is this?

  • virginia

    I’d say it’s a fairly good attempt already, considering all the humongous pseudo-classical bungalows built around every corner in the wealthier areas of Indonesia.

  • Punjabi

    expensive house, cheap design..

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  • Angel

    wow 4 cars!!!

    that’s the long-lasting issue in Indonesian architecture I suppose. big scale, excessive material, insensitive design and thoughtless owners!!

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