Project : realist and Expressionist house, the dancer and rationalist.

160203 Jakarta at OMAH beta, ” You are everything that is, your thoughts, your life, your dreams come true. You are everything you choose to be. You are as unlimited as the endless universe, ” Shad Helmstetter. 


Have you designed the building that dances ? this question echoed in my mind between the argument of concept and reality. Can we nail this concept. I was so afraid of walking on something unseen, we have not done this kind of approach before. Stephen J. Dubner argued if we loose ourself in the surrounding, be prepared with data, and amount of effort, whatever we do with such preparation, we will be ready.

The thought was coming that after seeing united dancer, a group led by bu Dhisti, merely thinking about inside out, form and idea, rational and emotion. We said to this couple, give us time to think about the concept of your house. Then, the proposal consists of 3 solutions, one was the plain box combined with strong axis, another one was combination of the playful boxes. We have tried these first 2 iterations in the previous project. But the third one, the curvy shapes option was the one that was unique, dare to be different, defy the stereotype, deconstruct our own thinking. The organisation of the design was broken in 3 parts, the entrance – services , living – foyer , and bed – pool. The curved wall divided each parts creating silhouette of form that dances. After several more iterations, the house starting to get its grid, and the form captured view by its blade. I was hoping that this house going to be great for them, for this couple.Anthony C. Antoniades discussed these impulsive, emotion, condition as inclusivity.

He stated that inclusivity can be treated through a number of approaches: [1]
1. through the inclusion of as many people as possible, to get scrutinise over and over.
2. through the inclusion of as many diverse point as possible with regard to what has been perceived and appreciated as good in architecture to achieve the optimum value. I think both of them are paradox, combining the thoughts to get the design right is massive work and critical thinking. The 5 point from Greene might be useful to break down this : innovation, mastery, authenticity, guts, and ethic.
3. through the inclusion as many ways of conception as possible, this is achieved by many design iterations, exercise, which is the most important part.

He looked at the many intangible and tangible channels one can harness in creating architectural design. By opening up architecture to the full range of creative influences, he tries to help readers produce designs that are richer on spatial, sensual, spiritual, and environmental levels. The book studied the topic of poetic of architecture in several section or sub object such as, intangible channels to architectural creativity divided by the process of creativity, metaphor, paradoxes, transformation, the obscure, poetry and literature, the exotic and multicultural. and more to tangible channels to architectural creativity such as : history, mimesis and literal interpretation, geometry, material, the role, association with other art, architectural biographies.  he categorized 3 way of poetic: the traditional, the arbitrary, and the contemplative.

I hope that the Building that dances represent the third way, the contemplative. We have been spending many design iterations, to get the form right, the angle, the function, and efficiency on construction. The design got matured by exercise by thinking the bolt and the screw, it was called the stage of creative pregnancy by Socrates. Where all the seeds of success (or not) are planted. The question is do we have patience and perfection in the phase of construction just to keep design and perfecting into the inclusivist attitude.


the image of the house after several iteration, the curve is reorganised into axial planning

view from the pool side

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The further iteration of playing with the form to break the scale.

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The further iteration of playing with the form to break the scale.

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First initial sketch of the house

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Basic principle of the zoning
The Dream Team is :
Size : 350 sqm area
Owner : Mirza and Adhisty  
Collaborators : Miftahuddin Nurdayat, Tatyana Kusumo, Rio Triwardhana, Septrio, Rofianisa Nurdin, Hardiyanto Agung Nugroho.
Structure engineer: John Djuhedi
Supervisor : Sudjatmiko, Jasno Afif Angga, Yudi Atang

Oleh Realrich Sjarief

Founder of RAW Architecture

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