stupa house by RAW architecture


‘stupa house’, a castle-like volume on the outskirts of jakarta

RAW Architecture brings a particularity to the alam sutera district on the outskirts of Jakarta with his lodge skylights called ‘stupa’. characterized by a traditional conical design, the residence presents itself as a small castle that honors the local culture while offering thermal insulation and breathability amid the hot and humid local climate. Indeed, each skylight features tiny spaces that allow natural light and ventilation without compromising internal temperatures.

the “stupa house” also features lush vegetation at its entrance and a translucent canopy covering the walkway that takes its owners from the hearth to the living area. these two features, along with the skylights, help establish a comfortable microclimate on a daily basis – transforming the front of the residence into a neighborhood sanctuary.

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topping the house with three different types of skylights

RAW architecture (see works here) fashioned the building using three different types of skylights. the first type has six conical openings of 3 x 3 m; the second has two 2 x 3.5 m canopies above the service area; the third is a small rectangle of 0.5 mx 1.25 m which illuminates the toilet area. combined, these openings ensure that each space in the “stupa house” receives its share of natural light.

design-wise, the entrance is clad in white brick to provide privacy. these bricks also frame a blue-colored door and a view of the backyard, where large glass openings expose the living room. the latter holds a double-height ceiling punctuated by one of the tapered skylights – allowing an air stacking effect to unfold at the heart of the house. the rest of the living spaces, and the views to the outside, are organized around the 3×3 m openings

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aerial view of tapered dormers

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skylight close-up


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