The Urban Space of Indonesia Reimagined

Take a look at how the team of architects from Djuhara + Djuhara transform the conventional urban space in Bekasi of greater Jakarta. Originally published in Megacities, young architect Ahmad Djuhara gives the Wisnu family a house makeover that breathes life into the usually dreary urban spaces often found in “Jabodetabek”.

By using mostly recycled materials sourced from a local building site, Ahmad finds inexpensive ways to recreate our conventional idea of the Indonesian urban space. For how much you ask? USD $20,000 – just two-thirds the price of a more typically-designed Indonesian home we often find.

Here we present you the materialization of Ahmad’s design in 15 awesome photos taken by Matthew Williams from Dwell.

The open porch in the front of the house offers not only design as feature but function - greater views of the neighborhood can be seen from here.

The backyard is exposed by an open veranda, allowing afternoon breezes to cool down the living space, and more fresh air circulation. 

An open kitchen concept allows the natural light to beam through the house - a great strategy to open up a relatively small space.

Djuhara uses different techniques to make the most out of the small space - maximizing efficiency, comfort and design at the same time.

The family enjoys the comfort of this charming space - the huge windows allow the natural light to enhance the color palettes of the bedroom.

The long narrow entrance of the house is exposed and opened up - creating a very welcoming feeling and also opens up to the main section of the house.

In order to maximize views of the natural greenery of the backyard, Djuhara also makes room for a balcony.

The recycled woods offer a very earthy texture that assists in enhancing the balance between concrete, steel and natural products.