An ever-evolving, growing home in Indonesia adapts to its owners’ needs

June 6, 2018 by  
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Indonesian architecture firm Studio SA_e recently completed its most dramatic renovation yet on Rumah Gerbong, a home that has evolved and undergone many expansions since the owners purchased it 18 years ago. Located in the planned township of Bintaro Jaya in Jakarta , the home has evolved from a strictly residential building to a multifunctional dwelling that accommodates residential, office and entertainment spaces. Described as a “multistep development” or “growing house” (rumah tumbuh), this adaptive typology has become increasingly popular in Indonesia. The origins of Rumah Gerbong began in 2000, when the owners, then a young couple, purchased the 387-square-foot two-bedroom building set on a plot of about 968 square meters. Three years later, the couple realized that they needed to expand their living space — they had recently given birth to a child and the husband, an architect, needed an office of his own where he could work with clients. Thus, the couple expanded the built footprint of their home to the corners of the plot and added a second floor to make room for a ground-floor office at the front of the house. The second evolution took place between 2006 and 2007, when the home expanded yet again to incorporate the neighboring house to accommodate four additional bedrooms and living spaces. Ten years later, the husband wanted to expand his office, while the wife wanted a space of her own to run a business from home. Their growing children also wanted places to bond with family. Thus, Studio SA_e designed a home compartmentalized into three sections: living, working and interacting. The bedrooms are concentrated on the second floor to open the ground and third floors for communal activities. The “business compartment” is mostly located on the north side and is divided among the three floors. The architects retained space for a planted interior courtyard to let in daylight. The home also connects to an accessible green rooftop. Related: Village-inspired office in Jakarta is topped with living trees and a green roof “The end of 2017 has turned into the climactic peak in the construction of Rumah Gerbong, with several additional functions in compartment space,” the architects wrote. “The strategy of breaking the density and contrast of functions (living and working) by adding new functions in the form of empty space and interaction space produces a new distinctive typology with strong functional synergism … [we] named this strategy as krowakisme (krowak = perforated , partially hollow).” + Studio SA_e Via ArchDaily Images by Mario Wibowo; Aerial photography by Mario Wibowo & George Timothy

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6 Eco-Friendly Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas With Heart

February 5, 2016 by  
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As a couple who doesn’t follow the gift-giving status quo, my husband and I don’t send pesticide-laden flower bouquets or nosh on slave-labor chocolate for Valentine’s Day. Rather, we like to be unique with our gift giving and choose eco-friendly…

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Brady, Bundchen’s Gargantuan ‘Green’ Manse Nears Completion

December 28, 2011 by  
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Written by Matt Hickman, MNN Before your eyes roll completely out of your head with the news that accomplished underpants model Gisele Bundchen and her husband, lusted-after professional football playa Tom Brady, will soon be moving into their…

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Octopus Marches with Occupy the Rose Parade

December 28, 2011 by  
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Occupy protesters are coming to the Rose Parade, and they’re bringing a 40-foot-long recycled octopus. Protesters intend to display signs from the sidewalk and even march in the parade with banners and homemade floats, including the giant…

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Weekday Vegetarian: Aloo Gobi

October 18, 2011 by  
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Photo: Kelly Rossiter Cauliflower has such an affinity for Indian spicing , that I often turn to Indian recipes when I get one. It’s not one of my husband’s favourite vegetables, but he’s always willing to eat it if I make an Indian recipe . Aloo gobi is one of those traditional dishes that has many, many recipes. When we order it in our local Indian restaurant, … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Marathon of Garden Talks Lasts Two Days

October 18, 2011 by  
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Photo: B. Alter The marathon of talks about every aspect of gardens lasted for two days. This TreeHugger lasted for one, but what a day it was. The Garden Marathon was organized by the Serpentine Gallery . Held in a geodesic dome with a christmas tree outside (?), inside was a series of speakers ranging from stories of shame totem poles (more common than one would think) to the architect of the fabulous Vertical Forest in Milan…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Weekday Vegetarian: Moroccan Stuffed Tomatoes

September 2, 2011 by  
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Photo: Kelly Rossiter We’ve been eating tomatoes at pretty much every meal for the past two weeks, except last night when my husband cried “enough” and I made a Chinese stir fry with nary a tomato in sight. No doubt a lot of you are feeling the same way, but as I said to my Parentables editor who was bemoaning the glut of tomatoes from her garden , just think about January for a minute. Don’t those tomatoes look absolutely delicious now? … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Weekday Vegetarian: Avocado Fries

August 4, 2011 by  
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Photo credit: Kelly Rossiter Okay, I am now offcially disgusted with myself. I took a healthy avocado , dipped it in egg, breaded it and then fried it. Yes, I did, and it was totally delicious. And then I made a little dip of sriracha sauce and mayonnaise. I’ve been reading various websites over the past couple of months looking a recipes for avocado fries thinking to myself “who would eat that?” Well, it turns out, me. And my husband. We both loved it. Wow, it was really good, and not something I’m going to repeat any time soon. It felt incredib… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Raw Milk Purveyors Arrested, Bail Set at $123,000

August 4, 2011 by  
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A menacing herd. Image: USDA via Flickr (Creative Commons) In yet another example of wasted resources and misplaced priorities police in LA have raided Rawesome Foods, arresting three people in connection with the distribution of raw milk products without the proper permits. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Weekday Vegetarian: Nourish

April 8, 2011 by  
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Photo: Lloyd Alter, of the ingredients in Nourish When my husband and I were at the Brewer’s Plate this week, amidst the fancy chefs with their enticing dishes of stuffed morels, and beef brochettes and the like, there was a familiar red and white logo which seemed slightly out of place.

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