The Upstairs

“From a sequence of these individual patterns, whole buildings with the character of nature will form themselves within your thoughts, as easily as sentences.”

– Christopher Alexander


This tropical modern abode stands on 560 m2 corner plot in a townhouse complex in south Jakarta. It is the wish of the owner to have a house that has strong interaction with the natural surrounding environment and natural landscapes although it has no interesting views on its surroundings. They hope that the house will be a place where their close friends and families would come and gather on the weekend.

While many regularly houses place the private areas on a higher level, we took a different approach by consciously putting  the private areas such as bedroom areas on the lower level so they can access to their bedrooms directly after a long tiring day.


The Upstairs

Architect : Wahana Architects
Principal Architect : Rudy Kelana, Gerard Tambunan
Architect-in-charge : Shella Vitayala
Design Period : 2012
Construction Period : 2013-2016
Contractor : Wahana Cipta Selaras
Structure Consultant : Ricky Theo
Interior Designer : Platform Architects
Lighting Designer : Infiniti Lighting by David Liming
Landscape : Sanggar Kemuning

Alumunium Frame : Primitra
Building Materials :

Structure – Concrete and Steel
Natural Stones – Andesite and Bronjol Kodok
Exposed Concrete
Various Kinds of Woods

Site Area : 560 m2
Floor Area : 680m2