PlayHouse by Aboday
Bumi Serpong Damai, Tangerang, Indonesia
Architects & Firms
Part of a new gated housing cluster, this two-story house for a multigenerational family of four includes the renovation of an existing 1,292-square-foot house with an addition in an adjacent 2,153-square-foot empty lot. Restricted by its corner setback, the building occupies only 1,615 square feet of the total 3,445-square-foot plot. The house’s exterior does not stand out, but mimics the neighboring sloped-roof houses. The interior, however, is unique, catering to the king of the house—a five-year-old boy—with a slide that goes from the second floor bedroom area to the first floor dining space.
Design concept and solution:
A minimal material palette defines the aesthetic of this house, with exposed concrete walls and ceiling punctuated by small glass incisions. There is no air-conditioning system in the house, and except for the three enclosed bedrooms, the rest of the house is a 32-foot-high open space dominated by a white and gray palette of exposed concrete. The double-height space, along with a special coating of heat resistant membrane on the external roof surface and plenty of climbing plants around the exterior—plants that will soon grow to the roof—counter the heat-trapping qualities of concrete in this tropical climate.
Conceived and executed during the construction period, the concrete slide more than fulfills the five-year-olds’ fantasy and also serves as a curiosity for passersby. The slide has become a favorite place to play for a group of middle age ladies who regularly meet at the house—a natural ice breaker to start an endless conversation. At night, it turns into a beacon when internal light penetrates up from inside through the glass circular hole on top.
The house has now become a play destination for both children and adults in the neighborhood. The oldest person to slide was a 78-year-old woman, while the youngest was a three-year-old girl; both of who carried the same joyful smile after completing the short journey.
Total construction cost:
The Family of Ary Indra
Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit: Partner in Charge: Ary Indra.
Team: Rafael David, Johansen Yap, Wahid Anasir, Armeyn Ilyas
Landscape: Hagani Flora
Courtesy of Aboday
Concrete: PT.Mortar Utama
Wood: PT. Intermas Pacific
Wood: PT. Intermas Pacific
Aluminum: PT. Sinar Mas Alm
Glass: PT. Sinar Mas Alm
Skylights: PT. Sinar Mas Alm
Entrances: PT. Interms Pacific
Wood doors: PT. Intermas Pacific
Sliding doors: PT. Sinar Mas Alm
Locksets: Onassis (PT. Karya Megah Gunung Mas)
Hinges: Onassis (PT. Karya Megah Gunung Mas)
Pulls: Onassis (PT. Karya Megah Gunung Mas)
Cabinetwork and custom woodwork: PT. Interms Pacific
Paints and stains: PT. Jotun Indonesia
Plastic laminate: PT. Intermas Pacific
Special surfacing: PT. Alaminti Stonesia
Floor and wall tile: PT. Grasada
Interior ambient lighting: PT. Indolite
Downlights: PT. Indolite
Exterior: PT. Indolite
Controls: PT. Legrand Indonesia