The lavish home was specifically crafted to meet the demands of a modern family with two kids and it is the lower level that contains the open sunken living area along with other social zones the kitchen and the dining area. But it is the top floor that draws your attention with its 24-meter-long corridor that connects the parents’ wing on the east side of the house with the kids’ wing on the west along with the balconies on both ends and the social zone in between.
The front façade of the house is shaped by a beautiful and bright terracotta wall that was carefully created by craftsmen at Pamulang. This matte orange feature gives the home a cozy inviting appeal and an unmistakable personality. Carefully placed gaps in the wall bring in filtered light while much of the harsh tropical sunlight is kept out even as the natural properties of terracotta cool the home further. Energy efficiency is achieved at this Indonesian home by using passive cooling techniques along with the smartly placed courtyards which reduce reliance on artificial cooling and lighting systems.
Think of storage space and our mind drifts towards wall-mounted cabinets and large shelves that make the most of the vertical room on offer in our modest homes. But have you ever considered all the floor space that goes to waste?
While we often do not go into the details of the costs involved in the creation of dream homes and fabulous renovations that we often feature on it is often the single most important factor that defines these houses. Not many of us have the luxury of an ‘unrestricted budget’ and for 7A architecture studio which shaped the in Dak Lak Province Vietnam building costs were one of the guiding forces behind the design of this lovely family residence. With low construction costs and low-skilled local workers to deal with this ingenious house is all about maximizing both space and resources!
Wooden slats and a cantilevered top level create a striking street façade that sets this family home designed by GITC Arquitectura apart from its more modest neighbors! And on the inside it is the division of private and public spaces across two different levels and a double-height living space that define its modern aesthetics.
But the smart rear extension of the house offers much more than the 1.5-feet-deep . The sunken design of the living area also turns it into a lovely gathering space for friends and family and the open design of the new extension along with the corridor and kitchen ensure that there is a flood of filtered light indoors.
Bringing in plenty of natural light and giving the old home a brand new lease on life the lightweight extension does its very best to blend in with the existing brick façade even while showcasing elegant contrast. With the house being revamped even the rear garden and alfresco space were altered and given a fresh perspective with many of the indigenous ferns being carefully relocated and donated to Belgrave Square.