The Upper House
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The Upper House 

Hyja

ARCHITECTS
Hyja

AREA
628 M²

YEAR
2021

PHOTOGRAPHS
Ernest Theofilus

INTERIOR CONTRACTOR
Rufere

MANUFACTURERS
Hansgrohe, Coulisse, Toto, Dekael Flooring, Diora & Diora, Grm Biowood,
Msg - Marble Stone Gallery, Phomi, Spektra Aluminium, Venus Tiles

LANDSCAPE DESIGNERS
Novian

LEAD ARCHITECT, INTERIOR & LIGHTING DESIGN
Herry Jani

LOCATION
Jakarta, Indonesia

CATEGORY
Houses

The building is in Jakarta, sitting on an 800 square meter plot of land.

The first and second-story buildings were used as a production area, warehouse, and office of the owner's workshop.

The Upper House
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The Upper House
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Based on this layout plan, the upper house was designed according to the structure below that was already fixed according to the layout plan. We create a module column that transfers vertically into the divider wall of the upper house.

The elevation of the building was made modest, wearing black slate skin stone and wood-like material as secondary skin to reduce heat from the west sun. A little opening was made to allow a view from the balcony of the office area.

The Upper House
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The Upper House
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The Upper House
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The Upper House
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Because the plot was quite large, we divided the building into two major buildings. The semi-public area was in front, and the private area was at the back of the building.

Semi-public consisted of a living room, dining room, and pantry. We designed it open plan so it would look more spacious. A guest bedroom and bathroom were added to the back.

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The Upper House
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The Upper House
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The Upper House
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Then the mass building was separated by a terrace that led to a second private area.

It consisted of all the bedroom suites and a laundry and drying room to serve the area.

The whole look that we are trying to create is a leisure house, to escape the urban lifestyle of city life. This house is more of a relaxing retreat, using a lot of wood-like materials that have a tropical feel to them.

The Upper House
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The Upper House
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We put the swimming pool on the side of the building, where the two mass buildings can connect between them. It became a focal point for the main area and the master suites.

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The Upper House
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The other rooms get a tree view that is created by the terrace in between two massive buildings. All rooms have a large sliding glass door to give a maximum view of the hardscape. reducing the use of artificial light in daylight. and give an airflow circulation for the entire house.

The Upper House
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The Upper House
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Because the house is located on the top floor, we designed the roof to be vocal in the main area, a continuous wood plank from the inside to the outside.

We created a natural scheme for the interior design, using a natural color palette, brown as a tropical representative, and grey as a modern representative. these are two main colors for the main front building.

I am curating some modern pieces from the modern furniture era. We created the master bedroom with a natural, calm color sense. I used a lot of white and natural oak colors.

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The Upper House
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The Upper House
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The Upper House
Section A
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Section B


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Elevation
The Upper House
Plan - Third Floor