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KOPO House

 
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KOPO HOUSE

 

bandung, indonesia


Date:
2011-2012

Type:
Residential project

Team:

Status:
Completed


 

Inspired by Indonesian cast rice dumplings known as Ketupat, the Kopo house mediates a difficult site and creates locally resonant space.

 
 

 
 

 
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PLANS

 

Bounded by a highway, factory and motorbike dealership the Kopo House site provides a challenging context for a residential project. To detach the domestic space from its immediate chaotic urban condition, the house internalized all available exterior space forming a series of courtyards and rooms surrounded by seven-meter- high walls. Given the severity and opacity of the home’s exterior surface, strategies were adopted to soften, puncture and reduce the scale of the concrete walls.

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CASTING

 
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Local bamboo veneer mats or “Bilik” were used as flexible formwork to create openings and pattern the surface of the concrete. Parametric software and CNC cutters were used to create a ruled surface molds for forming openings. Through a series of drawings and prototypes the novel techniques for casting were translated both through digital machines and manual craft.

FORMWORK

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