Budi Pradono's leaning house in Jakarta built as a "symbol of anti-establishment"


The tilted frame of the house by Budi Pradono Architects was designed as an antithesis to the status homes and mock-European styling of a gated community in Jakarta, Indonesia (+ slideshow).

Rumah Miring by Budi Pradono Architects

The 320-square-metre house called Rumah Miring, or Slanted House, sits on an eight- by 20-metre plot in Pondok Indah, a gated community established in the south of the city in the 1970s and 1980s.

The wealthy neighbourhood is home to famous numerous musicians, politicians and celebrities.

Rumah Miring by Budi Pradono Architects

The Indonesian firm wanted to create an "extreme antithesis" to the decorative columns and mediterranean detailing that feature in these existing homes.

When plans for the leaning house were first revealed in 2011, the architects described the project as a "symbol of anti-establishment".

Rumah Miring by Budi Pradono Architects

The white steel frame of the house tilts towards the street. Rising above the roofline of neighbouring properties, its skewed angle is intended as a critique of its environment.

Rumah Miring by Budi Pradono Architects

"Some of the most successful parliament member in Jakarta, as well as some celebrities who come from other regions, feel like it is a must to have a house in this area," said studio founder Budi Pradono.

"These symbols of success are generally shown by architecture language," he added. "For instance, some structural columns that are similar to those in Italy or France. These pillars show success."

Rumah Miring by Budi Pradono Architects

While the frame is tilted as a symbol of instability, the floors within are level and sheathed in glass to give views across the adjacent river and out of the community.

Rumah Miring by Budi Pradono Architects

The panes of glass, which are angled in line with the structure, reveal an indoor swimming pool and abundant planting.

Rumah Miring by Budi Pradono Architects

A glass box containing a study is hoisted over the long swimming pool, which occupies a mezzanine level above the driveway. A large master bedroom and large bathroom sit on the first floor, while the uppermost floor is used as a lounge and guest suite.

Rumah Miring by Budi Pradono Architects

The master bedroom and bathroom occupy almost identical footprints – a feature tailored to fit the client's lifestyle.

Rumah Miring by Budi Pradono Architects

"The 16-square-metre bathroom area acts as a response to the current trend of urban lifestyle who normally spend more time in a bathroom," explained Pradono, "where users are able to have more quiet time, a contemplative room as well as a resting place while using smartphones, reading newspaper or social media as a communication device."

Rumah Miring by Budi Pradono Architects

Private areas of the house are set behind more public areas at the back of the house to provide a degree of privacy from the glazing.

Rumah Miring by Budi Pradono Architects

White mesh stairs with opaque treads connect the three floors, each of which has access to a decked terrace where a tall tree grows through circular openings.

Rumah Miring by Budi Pradono Architects

Budi Pradono Architects also designed another house near Jakarta, which like Rumah Miring also features leaning elements, mesh detailing and indoor planting.

Photography is by Fernando Gomulya.

Project credits:

Architect: Budi Pradono
Architect firm: Budi Pradono Architects
Project architect-in-chief: Budi Pradono
Architect assistant: Stephanie Monieca, Ayu Diah Shanti
Architect assistant support: Andreas Cornelius Marbun, Rovinida Fitriana, Atika Nur Fitriana, Elbert Cahyadi, Bernadheta Sandy Viansari
Model maker: Zuardin Akbar, Andreas Cornelius Marbun, Rofianisa Nurdin
Client: CG
Civil contractor: Megasarana (phase one), Arikarya Dwiputra (phase two)
Structure engineering: Krisdiyanto Structure Engineers & Associates
MEP consultant engineer: Imansyah & Partners Mechanical Electrical Engineers
Interior design: Budi Pradono and alumni of Bandung Institute of Technology
Lighting design: Budi Pradono
Land surveyor: Mercu Buana Laboratory

Rumah Miring by Budi Pradono Architects
Concept diagram – click for larger image
Rumah Miring by Budi Pradono Architects
Site plan – click for larger image
Rumah Miring by Budi Pradono Architects
Floor plans – click for larger image
Rumah Miring by Budi Pradono Architects
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  • Catherine Rot

    Isn’t this concept rather old and trivial by today’s standards? Let’s see. Budi Pradono has a real-life issue with his overly inflated ego. He uses his naive and similarly troubled client to fund a project that (surprise, surprise) bizarrely stands out in the environment.

    Then, he wraps it up in such rubbish as this anti-establishment, critical, whatever-sort-of-banana talk and feeds it to the media in hope to ride his five minutes of free promotion. What about professional responsibility? What happened to that? Oh, we were just saying…

  • spadestick

    Some of the spaces at the swimming pool area are quite interesting, but yeah I fully agree with Catherine. The use of the term ‘anti-establishment’ is inappropriate.

  • It’s just too little too soon for retro Deconstructivism.

  • Leo

    House is quite interesting, yet all this glass does not seem appropriate to the tropical weather. But the discourse is boring.

  • Muriel

    Although the project is very interesting, I agree with the previous comments about being far from ‘anti-establishment’. It only probably doesn’t match the common taste of the area.

    What I find appalling in a project of this level, and it is a small detail, is the external connection for the hygienic toilet seat with a visible pipe. Really?

  • Quite fresh!

  • The architectural concept is subjected to an idea that seeks the hatch on the context. The result, an indifferent entity.