Kiri’s House by Atelier Riri


Kiri's house by Atelier Riri

Indonesian architects Atelier Riri have designed this house in the dense residential area of Bintaro in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Kiri's House by Atelier Riri

Kiri's House is a compact residence built on only 90 square metres of land.

Kiri's House by Atelier Riri

Made of four interlocking boxes, the house has an open deck down one side with glass doors illuminating the rooms within.

Kiri's House by Atelier Riri

Floor to ceiling curtains and wheeled furniture allow for work and leisure spaces to be hidden or revealed when needed.

Kiri's House by Atelier Riri

Photographs are by Fernando Gomulya.

Kiri's House by Atelier Riri

Here's more information from the architects:

Atelier Riri

In Indonesian, Kiri means left.  An analogy to represent the shape of a house that give an impression as if it’s leaning to the left.

Kiri's House by Atelier Riri

Kiri’s House is an application of a design for a house that refers to the owner’s personal character with compact rooms to create practical living. With an area of land 6x15 meters, this house was designed to be functional.

Kiri's House by Atelier Riri

Shape no longer became our first priority. Building mass, in fact, took the simplest form, four side geometry.

Kiri's House by Atelier Riri

Rooms were programmed to suit the owner’s cultural life. It creates open space which was the result of spatial integration and reduction of needs that was considered less important to be placed on ground level.

Kiri's House by Atelier Riri

Equipped with moveable furniture (wheeled), the area on ground level then provides space for complex activity.

Kiri's House by Atelier Riri

Meanwhile, private area on the second storey is equipped with built-in furniture.

Kiri's House by Atelier Riri

Both levels are bound with a corridor that takes a shape like a sidecourt on the right side of the building.

Kiri's House by Atelier Riri

That way, the building looks like it has only 4.65 meter width, leaning to the left. On the side of the sidecourt, there’s an open space.

Kiri's House by Atelier Riri

See also:


House in Fukuyama
by Suppose Design Office
Playhouse by
House in Ekoda
by Suppose Design Office

Posted on Monday October 25th 2010 at 12:22 pm by Laura Chan. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Lewis Mitchell

    It looks very livable, the curtains to screen off areas is a really simple affordable way to hide everyday clutter, nice! Good to see some photos of the space inhabited too.

  • zeus

    If you left that Dahon on the door in London, you wouldn't have time to take the photo, it would be gone : )

  • Omikey

    Really… my college dive looked cooler than this.

  • Daniel

    good design for limited space, more functional ..well organized

    another underated indo architect.

  • riki

    …….Makoto Tanijiri??

  • home for me !!! to comfortable! (for students i meen!!)

  • joseph

    I think a better system should have been used instead of the curtains because ev en if they are closed they are still suggesting a penetrable plane and that defeats the whole idea of privacy in some parts of the living area or so to say. the design and use of space is excellent none the less Id like to think.

  • Manuel

    I agree with Dickie. The only interesting thing about the project seems to be that it is built in Indonesia. Otherwise, it would have never been published – even in the most provincial of the architecture magazines.

  • fish fingers

    Dickie, I think you are a bit spoilt. Try living in Jakarta for 6 months (like I did) and I'll guarantee you'll think this house is heaven. Many toilets don't have paper, just a bucket of water and your left hand.
    In view of it's surroundings/ as an example of what is possible in that wretched city, its worthy of being featured in Wallpaper or Dezeen

    ps Java humidity / fitted wardrobes don't go together

  • edward

    Love the strong color, rough concrete, casual ambiance. Great job!

  • onvn

    1. I'm sure the client was consulted with regards to the choices the architects made (i.e. toilet and bathroom, curtains, etc.) so I don't think it is fair to judge it to your own terms!!

    2. The plaster wall: this happens VERY quickly in Indonesia, with the humidity, dirty air, smog, etc.)

    3. Keep in mind the rationale above is written by the architects, who are INDONESIANS, from a LOCAL firm. To write in English, and be articulate is not part of their job so to criticise them – WORD FOR WORD – is also unfair.

    That said…

    In my opinion, this is quality design, but certainly – obviously – not high end design. Good to see fellow Indonesians showing themselves off Internationally. There is an Indonesian term – "norak" – that comes to mind when looking at the choice of colours. It is the equivalent of "kitsch"; I'm not saying that it is 'of bad taste', but there is the sense of "norak-ness", a certain playfulness – if that makes sense. I love the bare finishes on the stairs and concrete walls and floors, and things poking out of the walls (like the water heater in the bathroom, etc.).. the light fittings are too expensive for this kind of project, i would stick with the 'cheap and chic' methodology and use industrial fittings maybe? I would make different choices with the colour, choice of fabric for the curtains, etc. though..

  • The way the electricity comes into the home…really classy, Klassy with a K!

  • amonang

    but is it hot ?
    how much ENERGY spend for air conditioning ???
    it is in INDONESIA, a tropical country..

  • taw

    I'm Indonesian live in Jakarta. To be honest, it is difficult to keep the wall white. But for 4,5 meter width, this house looks comfortable… way to go Indonesian architect! :-D