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Issue 59 - The Life Outside Issue

Issue 59

The Life Outside Issue

Introducing the Life Outside issue of Habitus magazine. With life increasingly being absorbed into a digital space, there is never a more important moment to hold something tangible. In this context, the power of nature to have a physiological impact on our sense of wellbeing has never been more important. So how can we cultivate the benefits of the our natural environment in the most intimate of places – our homes? This was the question that helped to bring this issue of Habitus to life.

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RJ House Wraps A Courtyard With Stacked Concrete Boxes
HomesAleesha Callahan

RJ House Wraps A Courtyard With Stacked Concrete Boxes

Indonesia

A series of striking concrete forms create a sense of privacy from the street, while wrapping a tranquil fishpond and courtyard at the centre of this home in Indonesia.


Situated in Bandung city in Indonesia, RJ House by Rakta Studio is defined by a series of strong concrete forms. The semi-detached house faces east, with the stacking positioned in a sequence that creates a dynamic yet welcoming composition when entering the house.

The materiality of the rough-finish concrete and precise edges is softened by timber screen detailing, adding a contrasting detail and depth. The brief from the client was for a home that is minimal, natural and earthy yet impactful. The reduced simplicity of the material palette speaks to this brief, comprising just three key elements – exposed concrete walls, timber and greenery.

The transitions through the home are dictated by the dynamic composition of the stacked forms. A fishpond and vertical garden in the foyer set the tone, adding a tropical ambience. Timber screens again come into play, this time with a functional purpose of creating privacy and security, as well as providing shade.

The house is planned around two internal courtyards, which bring natural light and cross-ventilation deep into the home: crucial for the hot, tropical Indonesian climate. As a centrepiece of the home, the courtyard also accommodates a semi-outdoor terrace space with an open timber pergola that allows unobstructed views and greenery to dominate.

The interior planning is centred around fluid and open spaces for the family to gather, meet and dine. A large, expansive open-plan space is enclosed by a glass sliding door, which can open all the way up to create a seamless transition between inside and outside. Openness and connection are fostered in other ways, for example, the sides of the stair create transparency with open risers and a teak tread. Upstairs houses the more private spaces including the main bedroom, kids’ bedrooms, an informal living area and a prayer room.

Rakta Studio

Photography by KIE

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Aleesha Callahan

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brutalist architectureClimateconcretecross-ventilationindonesian architectureminimalistRakta StudioRJ HouseTropical ArchitectureTropical climate


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Issue 59 - The Life Outside Issue

Issue 59

The Life Outside Issue

Introducing the Life Outside issue of Habitus magazine. With life increasingly being absorbed into a digital space, there is never a more important moment to hold something tangible. In this context, the power of nature to have a physiological impact on our sense of wellbeing has never been more important. So how can we cultivate the benefits of the our natural environment in the most intimate of places – our homes? This was the question that helped to bring this issue of Habitus to life.

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