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Indonesian Architects Work to Preserve Traditional Mbaru Niang Cone-Shaped Eco Huts
Posted By Mark Boyer On May 2, 2013 @ 5:32 pm In Architecture,carousel showcase,gallery,Green renovation | No Comments
The cone-shaped Mbaru Niang huts are traditional symbols of community and family unity, but sadly there aren’t many of them left. A group of young Indonesian architects discovered the last four remaining examples of them while touring that part of the country last year. Two of the houses were in bad need of renovation, and the visiting architects decided to lead a community workshop that involved reviving the traditional building techniques. In the process, all of the original Mbaru Niang houses were rebuilt.
Wae Rebo  is an isolated village surrounded by dense jungle and mountains. While the huts were being rebuilt, architects collaborated with local villagers, and they also documented the preservation effort. The tall, cone-shaped huts have five levels that are made from wood and bamboo. The ground floor serves as living quarters for the family; food is stored on the second level; seeds are kept on the third level, the fourth leve houses surplus food that is kept in case of draught; and the top level is kept for spiritual offerings. The exterior of the hut is covered with natural thatching from top to bottom.
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URLs in this post:
 Mbaru Niang: http://www.indonesia.travel/en/news/detail/819/unesco-top-award-of-excellence-2012-for-wae-rebo-s-mbaru-niang-traditional-houses-on-flores
 was given an award of excellence: http://www.unescobkk.org/news/article/top-award-given-to-mbaru-niang-in-indonesia-for-the-2012-unesco-asia-pacific-heritage-awards/
 Aga Khan Award for Architecture: http://www.akdn.org/architecture/project.asp?id=4317
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/indonesian-architects-work-to-preserve-traditional-mbaru-niang-cone-shaped-eco-huts/mbaru-niang_03/
 Wae Rebo: https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=5&ved=0CEAQFjAE&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.florestourism.com%2Fwhere-to-go%2Fwae-rebo-village&ei=7OeBUbHSPKaUiQKqpICYDw&usg=AFQjCNEbW9VlesxeGr_DlJctMqTdeqQEjw&sig2=qRUK4qe2_uTV7qdiKob7Pw&bvm=bv.45960087,d.cGE&cad=rja
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