Keputih Boarding House by andyrahman architect + cipta hadi
Dedicated to exploring new patterns in crimson brick structure, Andyrahman shares one more distinctive facade design, this time fronting the Keputih Boarding House in Surabaya, Indonesia. Completed in 2019 with architect Cipta Hadi, the mission takes cues from the Nusantara Architecture motion impressed by nature, spirituality, geometries, and vernacular materials.
The boarding home’s facade sees each brick layer organized perpendicularly to the one above and under it as if penetrating and weaving into one another. The ensuing motif echoes the Nusantara precept of blurring boundaries between opposites: up/down, strong/void, inside/outdoors, and so on. This ambiguity finally finds its manner throughout every house throughout the constructing.
all pictures © Mansyur Hasan
breaking boundaries, celebrating ambiguity
One instance of such spatial ambiguity is the Keputih Boarding House’s communal rooms, the place customers might be alone collectively. Specifically, Andyrahman (see extra right here) and Hadi fitted these shared areas with seating and desk preparations that break privateness obstacles with out compromising particular person consolation.
Another illustration of the boundary blur exhibits up in using materials, particularly for flooring. Traditional Nusantara stilt homes function picket boards with slight gaps in-between; from these gaps, air and lightweight can penetrate the home. The architect repurposed that method by changing wooden with metal grills and widening the gaps for larger gentle and air circulation, and visibility between every flooring. This sense of porosity additional concretizes the precept of ambiguity in spatial boundaries.
Andyrahman labored carefully with native craftsmen on-site to check out prototypes of his brick association for the facade. Concluding the method, he reveals a remaining boundary blur that helped perform the design: ‘this project breaks the boundaries between the architect and the craftsmen. They keep on learning from one another.’
identify: Keputih Boarding House Volume 6
location: Surabaya, Indonesia
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