Isso Architects lace half-moon motifs in YD House to soften its geometric solidity

The YD House designed by Isso Architects in Jakarta, Indonesia, unites a composed concrete structure with calm, airy interiors, masterfully utilising 87sqm of compact space.

by Jincy IypePublished on : May 28, 2022

The YD House designed by Jakarta-based Isso Architects is driven by attention to detail and soulful, minimal aesthetics. Built airy within 87 sqm of petite space, the one-floor concrete and brick residence witnesses a steady inclusion of a “half-moon” motif dressing its modest being. The clients, a young, professional couple in their 30s, wished for an uncluttered, “uncomplicated and homely house” that hosted space for their individual and shared activities, an abode of repose away from the cacophony of urban life. Isso Architects turned this compact site into a bright and sunlight-perfumed, three-bedroom dwelling by integrating their signature style of crisp minimalism and intended functionality.

  • Close-up of the concrete, geometric residence designed by Indonesia-based Isso Architects | YD House by Isso Architects | STIRworld
    Close-up of the concrete, geometric residence designed by Indonesia-based Isso Architects Image: Ernest Theofilus
  • The house is built on a long, narrow piece of land in a dense residential neighbourhood in Jakarta | YD House by Isso Architects | STIRworld
    The house is built on a long, narrow piece of land in a dense residential neighbourhood in Jakarta Image: Ernest Theofilus

Meticulously designed down to the smallest detail, the residential design revels in its soothing, harmonious nature, contrasted softly with the coarse concrete exterior, where every employed feature carries a purpose. From the cream walls to the humble wooden accents, there is no extravagant indulgence, no object crying for attention.

The subtly textured concrete façade of the YD House | YD House by Isso Architects | STIRworld
The subtly textured concrete façade of the YD House Image: Ernest Theofilus

An effortless materiality of concrete and timber gives the house its characteristic cosy, clean and comfortable conviviality, evocative of hygge. The house becomes an almost untouched, neutral canvas that lets the subtle architectural, lighting and décor detailing, as well as included greens, stand out delicately.

A “half-moon” motif is seen across the YD House’s architecture and interior design | YD House by Isso Architects | STIRworld
A “half-moon” motif is seen across the YD House’s architecture and interior design Image: Ernest Theofilus
The semi-circular motif also creates simple shadows to decorate the plain surfaces of the dwelling | YD House by Isso Architects | STIRworld
The semi-circular motif also creates simple shadows to decorate the plain surfaces of the dwelling Image: Ernest Theofilus

Suffused with a calm colour palette of soft beige and warm timber tones, the YD House occupies a long, narrow site in a residential neighbourhood in southern Jakarta in Indonesia. Its rather solid looking, unusual façade remains pleasant and welcoming, as is the experience felt while entering it, a sojourn intentionally down to earth. A simple, wooden lattice ceiling channels abundant natural light into the main entrance, with a foyer and a compact, inner courtyard that wait in warm greeting. "The foyer acts as a transitional space which softens and blurs the outside world with the living spaces that await within,” says Wibisono Soegih, studio principal, Isso Architects.

  • The compact yet welcoming foyer | YD House by Isso Architects | STIRworld
    The compact yet welcoming foyer Image: Ernest Theofilus
  • The rather solid looking, unusual façade of the house remains pleasant and welcoming | YD House by Isso Architects | STIRworld
    The rather solid looking, unusual façade of the house remains pleasant and welcoming Image: Ernest Theofilus

The three primary rooms of the residential architecture, the living, dining, and master bedroom, are all blessed with a direct view of the sun-kissed courtyard. The living and dining area features an open plan, with sliding doors to encourage better circulation throughout the space, and perpetuate a steady dialogue between the indoors and outdoors. "As such, in this rather narrow space, we still want this family of two to have a pleasing spatial experience,” Soegih adds. The kitchen island is designed with a durable, semi-circular leg, which also functions as a partition separating the pantry and the living area without limiting the space.

The entrance | YD House by Isso Architects | STIRworld
The entrance Image: Ernest Theofilus

The tall tower topped with the half-moon motif fronting the Indonesian architecture not only adds character, but performs a crucial role of "stack ventilation" (chimney effect) to properly aerate the laundry room. Similarly, all rooms of the home are designed for proper and direct ventilation, maximising air circulation and intake of natural light.

  • The designed leg of the kitchen island also features the half-moon motif | YD House by Isso Architects | STIRworld
    The designed leg of the kitchen island also features the half-moon motif Image: Ernest Theofilus
  • Inside the living and dining area | YD House by Isso Architects | STIRworld
    Inside the living and dining area Image: Ernest Theofilus

A service kitchen with large windows behind the half-moon shaped concrete façade allows air to circulate and release pungent smells. The solid part blocks views from the street, ensuring privacy to users inside. According to Isso Architects, air circulation and the human scale remained key aspects that shaped this defined space.

  • A simple wooden lattice ceiling brings in daylight into the main entrance | YD House by Isso Architects | STIRworld
    A simple wooden lattice ceiling brings in daylight into the main entrance Image: Ernest Theofilus
  • The living and dining area’s glass wall separates and unites the interior to the entrance courtyard outside | YD House by Isso Architects | STIRworld
    The living and dining area’s glass wall separates and unites the interior to the entrance courtyard outside Image: Ernest Theofilus

"This house design is very much inspired by the ever so familiar semi-circle," the Indonesian architects share, explaining the inclusion of the half-moon shape adorning the façade, and its persistence seen inside the interior design, as well as the furniture, which ultimately ties it all together.

  • The ceiling and as well as light source detail also alludes to the half-moon motif | YD House by Isso Architects | STIRworld
    The ceiling and as well as light source detail also alludes to the half-moon motif Image: Ernest Theofilus
  • Inside the bathroom | YD House by Isso Architects | STIRworld
    Inside the bathroom Image: Ernest Theofilus

"The solidity is actually fluid. The unusual turns out to be familiar after all," the Indonesian architects explain, who preferred a much more contemporary, almost Nordic aesthetic unlike the prevailing usage of tiled roofs, bamboo arches and organic forms typically seen across architecture in the tropical country.

  • Site plan | YD House by Isso Architects | STIRworld
    Site plan Image: Courtesy of Isso Architects
  • Axonometric and ground floor plan | YD House by Isso Architects | STIRworld
    Axonometric and ground floor plan Image: Courtesy of Isso Architects
  • Sections | YD House by Isso Architects | STIRworld
    Sections Image: Courtesy of Isso Architects

Project Details

Name: YD House
Location: Jakarta, Indonesia
Area: 87 sqm
Year of completion: 2021
Architect: Isso Architects
Lead Architect: Wibisono Soegih
Design team: Stephanie Tatimu, Muhamad Rifsa
General Contractor: Meidi

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