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A humble home in sidoarjo inspired by japanese modern design

J house project by y0 design architect

Originally published in the design story on July 2nd, 2021 by Shafa Diandra

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j house is originated from the owner’s wish for a new home with a modern,  straightforward yet comfortable homey concept after living in an old-fashioned house for the longer part of their life.

according to y0 design architect, a small part of the land is obtained in a relatively dense residential area not long after discussing this upcoming project.

this became an opportunity but also a challenge for the design because the house can be beautified from two sides and at the same time facing the direct sunlight heat from the west.

with careful considerations and design thinking in the process, a simple, geometric mass shape was chosen and detailed in such a way with many interesting elements. such as the use of wood, tile, and steel for the façade.

concrete as the main construction system is considered the most suitable for this kind of design. a concrete slab foundation is used to reduce or minimize the damage that could be done to the existing houses nearby as low as possible.

each side of the house that is exposed to direct sunlight, especially from the west side, are filled with spaces or architectural details that can help reduce the heat, such as wooden louvres, planter box, wardrobe, working room, and bathroom.

this is considered successful because the rooms can achieve good temperature comfort even when not using air conditioners.

abundant natural lighting, zen garden, and a little bit touch of wabi-sabiness…

j house is heavily influenced by the japanese modern houses design, such as the efficient arrangement of the spaces, utilizing many openings for maximum natural lighting and ventilation, using zen garden philosophy for outdoor areas to minimize maintenance and the use of many wooden materials that can be found dominating this house.

the space that is considered to be prioritized in this house is the living room area which blends the dining room as a semi-public space.

 large openings with sliding doors are applied to this area to interact with the patio on the outside. this area is designed to have maximum vista and is heavily safe and felt private as the users cannot be seen from the road outside the house. 

the owner can finally live in pleasure, as the house is carefully thought of from the start. although this was the first time using architectural and interior design services for the owner, it was considered a joyful and harmonious collaboration work achievement.