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Indonesian D-Minution House Built for Under $20K

by , 08/14/09

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This simple, yet striking residence in Indonesia was built with a surprisingly small budget – $17,500. Looking at it, one would never guess such a low build-out cost, but there it is. The 3-bedroom  D-Minution House is intended to provide affordable housing and was built on a 1,000-square-foot site in Jakarta, Indonesia, by SUB. Studio for visionary design. Constructed with simple materials, such as concrete, steel, wood and glass, the home blends into the surrounding architecture in Jakarta, but is a far cry from the average home.

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When it came to the interior, the architects were largely concerned with choosing appropriate materials and creating a connection between the indoors and the outdoor terrace.

All the rooms in the house look out onto the terrace and garden, which is stark but beautiful. The three bedrooms and living area plus kitchen amount to only 1,050 square feet of space.  Large glass windows and doors open up to the outdoor terrace expanding the living area when the weather nice, or to accommodate for more natural ventilation.

All the materials were raw, without any finish. The brick, roofing material, cement board, steel and solid wood were all found locally and then put together to resemble traditional Indonesian typologies.

Built for a tropical climate, natural ventilation is used to keep the indoor temperature comfortable. Large windows are used both for daylighting and to increase air circulation. On the second floor, the windows have a 30 cm gap to allow air to circulate. When it rains, a cool breeze enters the house, and coupled with large overhanging eaves, the house remains dry, but sufficiently cool.

+ SUB. Studio for visionary design

Via Archdaily

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6 Comments

  1. mas pri July 2, 2010 at 8:31 am

    I’m a native Indonesian, you could buy a house for less than 40k here(including the cost to buy the site). the building you posted here is still under the 40k house in quality but for most people here, this is a good building. I just built my house for less than 40k (the building cost) for 600 sq meters site. The problem about building or buying a house here is you never get any warranty for say 20 years like you may get in Australia. I try my best to make my house earthquake resistant up to a point, strengthen and spending more for the structure, but I don’t know about any standard of quake resistant building.

  2. jimjam244 March 20, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    well if you love south west Asian countries and Asian countries like most Americans males that has been working over seas 17, 5 for a house in and Asian country is not only a wise investment but peace and tranqility after working 6 months straight in the dessert without any vacation .bravo inhabitat i am negotiated construction in Casa blanca and closing a deal in Malang and just spent a lil over 42000
    try doing that in Newyork Florida or California get in where you fit in
    peace and blessing to all .

  3. agit January 13, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    $17,500 is modest budget ! Without loosing good quality of work in Indonesia. This is affordable house for newly wed couples which can accomodate all their needs. Thank you

  4. babay August 22, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    $17,500 is a usual cost when building a house in indonesia, and it’ll contextually expensive when you built it to a 1,050 square feet of space…trust me. i live in indonesia… but this is a great article for marketing a project though.

  5. joolee August 17, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    USD17,500 is 175,584,500 rupiah, so I think this says more about the cost of living in Indonesia.

  6. ecoarchitect August 14, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    great project, but could never be built that cheap in us – the price variance is due to one’s purchasing power in indonesia due to lower labor/material costs….

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