COMMISSIONED design proposal
Single family house
design development proposal
Weft House negotiates the conflict of maximizing volume and the need to access daylight by weaving solid service and private spaces around a string of open public spaces.
Weft House negotiates the conflict of maximizing volume and the need to access daylight by weaving solid service and private spaces around a string of open public spaces. These strands shift from site wall to site wall to allow for two large voids in an otherwise solid mass. The cladding of the house responds to the contradicting desires of both clients to have the house be “transparent like a modern house” and “solid like a stone”.
To address this paradox a dense woven screen is designed to shade the upper story of the cantilevered glass façade. Programmatically, the screen needed to wrap the front of the house for privacy, allowing access and view on the west side facing a private roof garden. To accomplish this, the surface twists and contracts as it wraps from north to west. The screen also had to vary in porosity to allow in light and create an ordered pattern on the façade. Aside from the programmatic function this patterned skin was seen as an asset shared between the client and the public. For this asset acting as both wallpaper and an affirmation of the cultural context of Jakarta we chose to reference the craft of Javanese Warp Ikat.