The tropics can get unbearably hot and muggy in the summer, but cranking up the AC doesn’t have to be the only solution. In a stunning example of the benefits of bioclimatic architecture, Andyrahman Architect designed a boarding house that stays cool naturally with well-ventilated spaces and strategic orientation. Located in Surabaya, Indonesia, the porous building marries beautiful contemporary design with energy-smart techniques.
In addition to its low-energy qualities, the Surabaya boarding house is also proof that a low-cost budget doesn’t necessitate sacrificing aesthetics and performance. Despite the constrained budget, Andyrahman Architect managed to develop an attractive building through the juxtaposition of different materials and textures. The building is also, importantly, low maintenance. The minimal materials palette mostly comprises unpainted concrete, brick, metal, and wood.
The thirteen-story boarding house mainly houses college students in single bedrooms that contain simple furnishings made from salvaged wood. A light well at the heart of the building funnels natural light and ventilation through the structure and culminates at a communal living space on the first floor. Perforated walls framing the light well allow for ventilation and division of space. Indoor bicycle parking is also provided.
“By combining bioclimatic and biophilic ideas, and with additional principle on low budget and maintenance, the house becomes a climate conscious and humane architecture, which is based on the existence and survival of human life on increasingly crowded and congested earth without abandoning the side of humanity, which becomes a big architecture agenda in the second decade of 21st century,” wrote the architects.
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