This slanted house designed by Budi Pradono Architects is the antithesis of the typical mock-European houses which dominate a gated community south of Jakarta, Indonesia. Called Rumah Miring, the 320-meter building is meant to be a “symbol of anti-establishment” and, thanks to its skew angle and abundant presence of glass surfaces, it acts as a visual critique of its environment.
The Slanted House is located on a plot in Pondok Indah, a gated community built in the 1970s and 1980s. It is a rich neighborhood where prominent politicians, artists and celebrities built houses that borrow from the stylistic language of Mediterranean architecture, which is meant to showcase the owner’s high social standing and success.
The slanted frame represents instability, while the glass-clad floors provide views of the neighborhood and the adjacent river. The glass box containing a study hovers over the long swimming pool on the mezzanine level. A master bedroom and bathroom sit on the first floor, while the top floor houses a lounge and guest suite.
“The 16-square-metre bathroom area acts as a response to the current trend of urban lifestyle who [sic] normally spend more time in a bathroom,” said Pradono, “where users are able to have more quiet time, a contemplative room as well as a resting place while using smartphones, reading newspaper or social media as a communication device.”
Interesting. Do you think the building achieves its desired effect?
Photos by Fernando Gomulya