Designed by ID-EA, the Alam Family Residence is a private residence fostering the heart of interactive family lifestyle. A residence to host two generations and three households in a single three-storey building.
The different levels – one for the parents and two separate ones for the son’s family and the daughter – are designed to balance a certain amount of privacy with a level of interaction.
The frontage of the house is in a way antithetical to the surrounding neighborhood, in which houses are mostly covered with massive fences and guard booths. Alam Family Residence prefers sharing the front yard through a nearly-transparent fence and pushes the privacy screen inward onto the facade, embracing new found relationships between indoor / outdoor and public / private.
The highly articulated concrete west-facing wall with rational modular perforations acts as a graphical breathing brise-soleil, preventing overheating on the building skin, filtering the abstract light qualities and transforming the space throughout the day and night, while delivering a new appearance, indeed a new identity for the twenty-first century residential world.
The roofscape geometry is driven by maximizing roof accessibility that connects the two-storey to three-storey portion of the house which ends on a spectacular view to the east of the site, the gateway to Jakarta Bay’s Thousand Islands, a marina that is more than just a pier with its recreational, scenic and historical value. The roof deck works as an alternative outdoor space for exercise, meditate, play, interaction and creative thinking or simply a place to enjoy the sunrise, while the extensive green roofs help serving the enhancement of urban ecosystems.
An ‘E’ shape plan effectively organizes the internal masses of the house creating two inner voids that brings light and air deep into the house through both plan and section. Extensive vertical glazing around the inner courtyards and generous use of skylights negate the need for artificial lighting in the spaces including service area and closet spaces during the day, yet creates constantly changing light conditions that activate the interior.
The interior spaces behind the “graphical breathing brie-soleil” are crystalline white, providing a blank canvas for the constantly changing visual texture interplay of light and shadow.
The interior of the house is a series of free-flowing, continuous spaces which are organized around the high volume inner voids that bring light and air deep into the house through both plan and section, while fostering a supportive, interactive family lifestyle. The consistent minimal white palate in the common area gives visual dominance to the bold red prayer niche – representing the family’s tradition in a modern way, the bold yellow aquarium located in the heart of the dining-living areas, the dark wood “rolling carpet” of the staircase, the combination of marble and terrazzo dining floor which define the high volume space and the vegetation in the courtyard.
Warmer palette bed base and local ceramic textured tile wall finish behind the bed emphasizing the continuation of dark wood floor in the master bedroom, while two tones graphical pixelated mosaic tiles for newly wed two persons shower area suggests a graphic expression representative of the son’s interest.
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+ About id-ea
id-ea is Elsye Alam, an award-winning interdisciplinary multiplatform designer based in Los Angeles. She is from Borneo, Indonesia, received her B Arch from Tarumanagara University, Jakarta, Indonesia in 2001 and obtained her M Arch from SCI_Arc MR+D program in 2003.
Her creative output can be appreciated through her extensive portfolio of work from graphic, animation, web design to interior and architecture, in which she had worked with public/affordable project to fortune 50 clients and from houses, offices, high rises to airports.
She believes problem solving and sustainable design come in default. She believes in importance of intelligent design, systems creation within the integrity of original ideas which delivers the virtue of delightful design.