Nestled in a densely populated residential area of West Jakarta, Indonesia, the Pedongkelan-YN house provides a quiet tropical oasis in the midst of the surrounding city. In order to shelter the occupants from strong direct sunlight, architecture firm HYJA designed the house with a protective layer covering its glass surfaces. This layer works in tandem with the building’s swimming pool to keep the interior shaded and cool.
Because the house occupies a west-facing corner lot, it receives copious amounts of sunlight in the afternoon. The architects responded to this issue by placing easy-to-maintain wooden grilles over the majority of the building’s glass openings.
A swimming pool sits next to the residence, and the pool terrace divides the interior space into two parts. Glass surfaces dominate this part of the house, visually connecting the outdoor and indoor areas and allowing cooled air to reach the furthest corners of the residence.
The bedroom’s balcony floor includes a hollow iron plate to facilitate continuous air flow. In addition, the wood, iron and stone walls combine with the home’s vibrant green surroundings, giving the place a modern, tropical feel.
Photos by Ernest Theofilus