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The Hill House in Senggigi, Lombok, Indonesia by Wahana Architects

Project name:
The Hill House
Architecture firm:
Wahana Architects
Senggigi, Lombok, Indonesia
Mario Wibowo
Principal architect:
Rudy Kelana
Design team:
Wongso Michael, Lidia Natalia, Paula Silalahi
Interior design:
Wahana Architects
Built area:
1200 m²
Site area:
1600 m²
Design year:
Completion year:
Civil engineer:
Gin Contractor
Structural engineer:
Ricky Theo Structure Engineer
Environmental & MEP:
Artmosphere Lighting Consultant
Tools used:
Gin Contractor
Residential › House

Wahana Architects: This project is a home for young family with 3 kids with 1200 sqm building area. Located on a rocky hill in Senggigi, Lombok, this 1600 sqm land area has steep contour with approx. 25 meters difference between main road level with site end border, however offers immersive sea horizon vie potential. The challenge is how to maximize the existing site potential & create an intimate home in the midst of spacious yet contoured land area.

The foundation of the idea is when the architect determines the level of main building volume, to achieve infinity seaside view. There are 3 building masses, 2 horizontal masses are oriented towards the best view potential, whilst another mass is oriented diagonally to maximize narrower backside land perimeter. Among the masses, series of outdoor space are created to enhance movement & the feeling of transition between functions.

Because of the contoured site, vertical circulation from the entrance to the highest point in the architecture becomes quite extensive and need to be carefully assembled. The sequence begins by creating a heavy cave-liked entrance in the form of a ramp. Then we immediately brought up to the living area through semi-outdoor stair. Between living-dining area and bedrooms area, a family room is inserted as a transition area, which is visually connected to main study area, acts as the heart of the house for the family members. The climax of the circulation is a prayer chappel on the rooftop which is accessed via a landscape staircase located at the rear site of the house.

One of the challenge in this project is when the best view potential is facing west, where the intensity of Solar radiation is high throughout the year. The given gap between architecture and rocky wall, and thin building volume allows good natural air circulation. Furthermore, shading element in the form of synthetic woven vetical panels are installed with certain degree of inclination, filters direct sunlight to the building.

By Naser Nader Ibrahim

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