Ira Residence / Andy Rahman

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Architects: Andy Rahman Architect
Location: Surabaya, East Java,
Project area: 180 sqm
Project year: 2008
Photographs: Indiga Ikhlasani

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Ira residence is a typical urban contemporary style house. Looks provocative is the spirit of the owner of a dynamic lifestyle and love with new things.


Located in a residential area in East Surabaya, this house manages to look attractive in the middle of the Mediterranean-style residential neighborhood. The owners wanted a modern house can arise among their neighborhood because they are bored with Mediterranean-style home design.

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The House is oriented towards to the East, where the wind blows from, East to West, this is our attempt as a potential entry into the design of this House. Formation of three-dimensional on the front facade serves as a ‘wind catcher’, so the House even without air conditioning will remain keep cool temperature. Because of the wind catcher is able to work optimally, so the air circulation inside house, can be optimal.

© Indiga Ikhlasani
© Indiga Ikhlasani

We design the arrangement of space by optimizing lighting and air circulation. So this house could live comfortably for the occupants.

Cite: "Ira Residence / Andy Rahman" 28 Nov 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 16 Sep 2014. <>


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    the design doesn’t look like in a tropic area, it just another interesting shape which can be built in everywhere, the architect should be sensitive with the surrounding esp. in tropic area.

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      I disagreewith you, coz i dont see anywhere the tropical location you are seeing. All i see is a residential area. Just look at the google maps photo and the house beside it. Not all architecture in indonesia has to be “tropical” that just an stereotype.

      And btw! i love the rocksunder the stair. It make the space more “natural”.

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    maybe it could look like: Hotel Duke in Bucharest Romania( But it is a great house, even it is in a tropic area, and it isn’t looking like vegas style, or parking :)). Please people. I really like this one. Great forms, and beautiful facade (even 5% of red are in there, like in painting). Great job.

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      Thanks before…This house has a meaning in the facade, this facade as a wind catcher, so air circulation inside the house can be circulate better than normal house in modern style..
      Its suitable with tropical area :)

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    The architect just likes russian constructivism… isn’t it?:)))… and besides outside style is different to interior style… constructivism and ar-deco…

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    Mr. Architect, to be very honest, I dont care about the design of the house. English is also not my mother of tongue, but I have to tell you that yours need much improvement. Dont take language too lightly as every work of architecture need naration. If you are willing to learn more, it might work to elevate ‘your fairly conservative approach of design’ in the future projects.

    Best regards.

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    why it works like this could exist here???, if there is no better design to be displayed???, I think so many work of architects in Indonesia that deserve to be discussed

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      appreciate something is not about right or wrong but learning something new and can give some opinion, so we can do better in the future.

      if you thought that, could you please give your opinion first?

      thank for your appreciated,

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    Nice facade. Good compotition. I like the red color.

    But i think the facade of this house is a kitch of sustainable architecture. I think the wind will not be able to go well (look at a floor plan).

    Have you ever read a climate data? In Surabaya, wind flows not only from a cardinal, but of two or three cardinal in a year(Surabaya Climate data in 2009). Always pay attention to nature. I like the architect who dare to learn. Long live Sir!

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