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Muted House / Aboday Architects

  • 01:00 - 21 August, 2009
Muted House / Aboday Architects
Muted House / Aboday Architects, © Happy Lim
© Happy Lim

© Happy Lim © Happy Lim © Happy Lim © Happy Lim +22

From the architect. Strategically located in Kebayoran Baru, this family home sit on a 260 sqm land next to a busy connecting street that sometimes jam pack during the office peak hour. Albeit its proximity to the Jakarta Central Bussines District, the site is clearly not an ideal choice for a household with 3 grown up children.

The need of an ample space for children playground and activity spaces are the main challenge that has to be adressed in the design of this abode. The house itself –as requested by client - doesn't have to scream “identity”. Fronting it is a distinctly muted angular prism facade painted in a textured warm grey surface, set back 5 meter away from the main road. Peppered with random tiny square glass box in one side, the facade is as austere as the all starck white internal wall surface.

© Happy Lim
© Happy Lim

What lacking on the front yard (as a playground) is substituted in the inside. To create a space that can be used as an indoor playground, architect split the house into 2 main blocks. The gap of 4.5 meter between these 2 blocks resulting in a lofty voids of 12 meter in heights, above the 3 meter width ‘bridge’ connecting the 2 separate blocks. This bridge, overlooking the dining room below, is an airy and bright space (thanks to the skylight above) that connects the pantry to the children’s room which seen itself as a floating playground. The high ceiling itself prove very useful to generate air movement, eliminating unecessary use of Air Condition system. With an internal window open from all bedrooms to the central lofty voids, the principal of borrowing space is fully utilized here, to create a visually larger bedrooms for the family. During the day, children will fill this internal space with activities and laughter, while at night the lofty ceiling helps to regulate fresh air, reducing Jakarta’s warm and balmy weather.

© Happy Lim
© Happy Lim

The tapered site filled with rectangular form of the house, resulting in a residual space in front of an open family room. This space is rather wide nearing the end of the site, enough to fit in a 2 meter width plunge pool for the children. This 1 meter depth pool with blue mosaic internal wall and overflow water toward its 12 mm tempered glass wall perimeter, creates a shooting ambient for the rooms next to it.

© Happy Lim
© Happy Lim

The rear block, 1 storey higher than the front block, containing a full 2 storey master bedroom. The window of this master bedroom overlook the small alley behind the site with a view of Central Business District as it main attraction. The chamfered edge at the peak of its slopping ceiling eliminating edges on its surface, creating a visually larger and brighter space.

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kabArsitektur|com · January 11, 2012

Cek "Muted House" di Kebayoran Baru. Karya Aboday @Radio_Arsitek @cindynaputri

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wartian · February 12, 2010

before i read the comment above, i would like to make a mundane comment, that is the building design looked very Japanese contemporary...!big have the same point of view with me!Besides, as mention in the statement '...the site is clearly not an ideal choice for a household with 3 grown up children...', is it because the area is a crime-prone area??? Let the kid explore their lovely neighborhood in their way will probably help the kid grow up in a healthier way instead of fence up the building, building great wall and choose not to communicate with the neighbor!

Marco Bejarano · November 26, 2009
Dizzy Forest · October 10, 2009

Muted House by Aboday Architecture

Andrew Geber · September 24, 2009

i like white but this is waay to much

big · August 27, 2009

This architecture looks good only in distant, guess the details are not coming in the first place.
Learn somethin from Japanese architect such as Suppose or Sanaa pleaseee.

hope this not represent Indonesian architecture

Gatz · August 27, 2009

please, do something with those breaks!

Angela Carr · August 27, 2009

Love how this house with limited garden on small site next to busy road was designed as playground for the children..

novan · August 25, 2009

gimana caranya biar karya arsitektur kita nampang di archdaily ya?

TOMMY SANJAYA · August 25, 2009

gue pernah ke sini, ruangnya ok kok
cuma detail kurang rapih

StructureHub Blog · August 24, 2009

Like the recently posted Singapore renovation, this project deftly uses a single plant - this time a tree on the outside - to soften the hard, starkly-colored surfaces of the home. I wish there was similar softening agent on the inside, but otherwise think the project is not bad indeed.

d · August 24, 2009

this is nice.. spaces well connected,seems alive and give many possibilities..

Fran · August 23, 2009

I wish we culd see more sections and plans...

E · October 12, 2009 08:49 AM

Completely agree, would LOVE to see more drawings if it's a possibility!!!

kezia · August 23, 2009

another design from aboday in archdaily...
this one seems hygienic.

CRISTIAN · August 23, 2009


isla · August 23, 2009

agree with you mem and novan!

Scott Smith · August 22, 2009

RT @hpdarchitecture Nice forms and spaces - Muted House / Aboday Architects #architecture

Neoarq · August 22, 2009

minimalismo y limpieza, muy bueno

Perker · August 22, 2009

lim would not be happy with your comment, novan.

ingrid dharmawan · August 22, 2009

shares (mister abohai) inget toksiou lustrum.. (lol)

angelina yoanita · August 22, 2009

Aaahh. bagusss! @lerianesque kantor lo sih gaya bang! lo megang ini ga? RT @archdaily: Muted House / Aboday Architects

novan · August 22, 2009

design is good, but the photos are teribble

Laura Davis · August 22, 2009

Nice forms and spaces - Muted House / Aboday Architects #architecture

mem · August 22, 2009

I love the contrast of the brickwall with the other white walls.

john fishlock · August 21, 2009

RT @nicholaspatten: I'd Live Here: Muted House. cool house


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