A family affair

by SUZANNE MIAO on Jan 31, 2011 in Architecture , Interiors
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The DMHQ building in Jakarta is a modest affair, designed make the 15 or so staff members feel right at home amid lush greenery and natural lighting

Located in south Jakarta, where large residential houses mix with small offices, the DMHQ building was designed to accommodate a medium-sized family business with 15 staff. The structure appears as five individual buildings, arranged within the surrounding greenery on a 450 sq-m plot. Land limitations demanded that rooms needed to be squeezed as much as possible to make use of the maximum allowable building coverage of the site.

“The client wanted the massing to be scattered to maximise the green effect to the surroundings,” explains Ary Indra, Aboday’s principal in charge of the project. “We thought it would be interesting to combine a few basic geometries – hence the rectangular, cube and tube components of this composition. We called it a ‘medley of form’.”
When Aboday undertook the project, the team had no idea of what this building would become, as there were no fixed brief/requirements from the client. “I think that was also our main reason to take up the challenge,” says Indra.
Compact office buildings of this nature are common in Jakarta; small companies – which usually require long working hours, including weekends – can thus avoid the surcharges or restrictions on access which are often imposed in highrise office blocks, with regards to use of electricity, water and air-conditioning outside normal office hours.