P-House is a house with a library for sharing knowledge to the local people.The intension was to create a house with maximizes the use of locally available materials from surrounding area (bamboo, clay, stone, and bricks) and built by the community who lives around the site. Since all the owner's sons and daughters live in other countries and cities, it needs a library for the people to gather around the house. Later after one of the owner passed away, it became a creative sharing space for young creative in the region to bring them to the next stage of their career.
P-House is located at an altitude of 2000 m above the sea level and located on the ridge of Mount Merbabu and surrounded by several other mountains such as Mount Merapi, Mount Andong, Mount Ungaran and Mount Telomoyo. This area is quite cold with an average temperature of 17-22oC. This project seeks to interpret the Javanese village houses in multiplication and adds the form of mountains in some space as the interpretation of the surrounding mountains, which also serveas skylight to bring natural light as much as possible into the building. In general, bamboo as the material of main structure is easily found around the project
Homeowners isretired lecturer and ballet teacher that would like to share a collection of economic and science book to the surrounding community. Theyappreciate bamboo structure, which began to be abandoned in the community, which raised their passion to learn.
This project uses the indigenous technology (low tech) by the community who is expert in bamboo structural system and the local stone craftsman.
Since the project is in remote area (suburb of a small town called Salatiga in Central Java, 60 km from Borobudur Temple),the project uses the sunlight as natural light during the day and use solar water heater for the shower. Rainwater is collected to be used during dry season.
Conceptually this project is trying to bring a childhood memory of the family with openness and sharing space. The main bathroom is also a social space where we can still interact with other areas. Since the interior spaces are connected by each other without any border ; which are kitchen, lounge, pantry, dining room and family room. Only the sleeping spaces are operated independently and remain closed.All the public areas are completely open, facing towards the garden and tropical forest in front of it. Library or study room is made with other geometry– an oval – and stand separately as a pavilion. Expected surrounding communities can take advantage of the presence of books and free wifi spot in the library.
Simplicity is the second theme in this project so it uses the same materials as those used in the surrounding areas such as brick, bamboo and stone in another way. From a distance these buildings looked like houses in the surrounding villages. The doors are used in each room are recycled doors from the old house (former lecturer standard house), a strategy of utilizing recycled materials. One side of the building is made as transparent as possible towards the garden.
Almost all existing large trees on the site are maintained as an attempt to emphasize a place. On the center of the garden, a "Pule" tree is planted as this tree can be used to heal various diseases, so this place can be more useful to the surrounding community. Floor height is adjustedaccording to the existing contours.
This project’s character is showing contemporary interpretation of simple village house shape. Dominant bamboo structure character is significant. The use of bamboo as a roofing material is something new there.
Technically, this project gives an example of the use of bamboo with old techniques and new technology for the surrounding community. From the economic and social point of view, this project is built not by the professional contractor but by the local community so as to provide economic and cultural aspects in the vicinity.
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