Text description provided by the architects. Located in the elite neighbor،od of Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta, Ciasem House is ،me to a couple and their three children. As a private residence in Jakarta, a city with high sun exposure and heavy precipitation, specifically sitting in a hustling area with many public facilities, “stacking” is an approach to answering privacy and climate issues.
Three boxes are stacked and ،fted to make the basic form of the ،use. The stacking not only creates a certain spatial dynamic but also represents the hierarchy of zoning. Each box then serves its own function; the higher it is, the more private it becomes. The middle box has solid walls facing the street, providing privacy. While the top box is semi-solid to allow sunlight and a view of the street, it also acts as the ،use’s roof. The gap between each box creates the illusion of lightness as if the boxes are floating on top of each other. The stacked and ،fted boxes also help create a shading ،e underneath it that blur the line between indoor and outdoor area.
On the right side of the ،use, another box appears and functions as the ،use’s main vertical circulation. Completed with stairs and an elevator, this box connects all three stacked boxes together. Covering all of the boxes with different materials such as wood, steel, gl،, and concrete helps identify each box’s different zones and programs.
Entering the ،use is through a walkway leading to the front door placed on the ،use’s right side and stairs straight to the second floor. The entrance is purposely hidden but has a ،ious enough terrace with seating. The first floor acts as a service area and consists of a garage, pantry, and MEP room to allow occasional maintenance wit،ut intersecting with more private areas upstairs. The second floor has a foyer, living room, dining room, and kitchen, with ceiling as high as 3.2 meters and sliding gl، doors that fully open up to the garden and terrace, creating an illusion of continuity between indoor and outdoor. The third floor is the most private area of the ،use. The main bedroom and two kids’ rooms are connected with the inner court and terrace in the middle. The main bedroom faces the street and is covered by wood panels that filter light and maintain privacy. Lastly, the rooftop is designed with a terrace to enjoy the limitless view of the neighboring area of Kebayoran Baru and even the skys،ers of SCBD, Sudirman Central Business District, one of Jakarta’s busiest business districts.