Some architects find their inspiration in nature, people or tradition. But designing a one of a kind modern mansion that resembles a playground is definitely something new and intriguing and the results, quite interesting.
Every kid dreams of living in a playground. Slides, swings and sand castles are among the things that make a child happy. And sometimes adults too. We all grow of course but living, as a child, in a fairytale dream house means having a great share of cheerful memories. That’s why this one of a kind modern mansion is so special and unique; the master of the house is a 5 year old boy who enjoys going from the second floor to the main one not using the stairs but through a concrete slide which doubles as a secrete cave. The Playhouse is part of a gated cluster of 120 residences in Bumi Serpong Damai, Tangerang. It occupies only 150 sqm of the total of 320 sqm terrain because of a corner setback. The material dominating the composition is unfinished concrete masked in some places by vertical gardens. The openings look like actual cuts in the outer shell and along with the sloping roof provide an inward orientation for the house.
The interior of this modern dream home is conceived as a single unitary space, an open space in which 3 bedrooms were added. The exterior design extends to the inner space, which is also left unfinished in most of the rooms and acts as part of the design because of the pouring flaws. This rather modern ornamentation method presents itself as a very sincere way of decorating a building because it presents the actual material, the structure of the house; it doesn’t lie by about what the construction is made of.
More details from Aboday Architects:
„By having an extremely high ceiling (10 meter in height), applying a special coating of heat resistant membrane on the external roof surface and leaving external wall occupied by plenty of cripple plants (which soon will grow to the roof); it helps to reduce internal heat accumulation significantly. Here, natural ventilation and lighting play an important aspect of the house. All open spaces have no air conditioning system, and dependent entirely on the opening and incision between walls, windows and roof for fresh air ventilation generated by a series of ceiling fan suspended beneath the concrete roof using a metal rod mechanism. To generate an ever changing flow of air, there is some part of walls that has been built apart by 40 cm, allowing the creation of ‘rain’ window by operating horizontal glass louvre within this long gap.”
A great project in terms of inspiration and appearance. The architects have added a unique element to the house, making it a design to be followed.
Architects: Aboday Architects
Location: Bumi Serpong Damai, Tangerang, Indonesia
Project Team: Ary Indra, Rafael David, Johansen Yap, Wahid Annasir, Armeyn Ilyas
Structure Consultant: Prijasembada
M & E Consultant: Darwan
Landscape: Hagani Flora
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Happy Lim