RAW Calls For The Natural State Of Architectural Mastery


Guha is a combination of new and renovation project based on previously “The Guild” located in Taman Villa Meruya.

The Project consists of Omah Library, Dental Clinic, residence and Realrich Sjarief’s studio named Guha Bambu, The studio is a Realrich Architecture Workshop (well known by name of RAW Architecture). The renovation section is consisted of adding sequences for elaborated programs for Omah Library such as more storage for bookshelves, bookstore, and gallery.

The circulation is designed to separate the public and private which is solved by separating the access at the entrance. The new project, named Guha Bambu is on the east side. This building stands in the lot of 7.5 x 26 m size consisted of a new 3 storey Bamboo structure, 2 storey of the basement. The technique to build the structure is elaborated from the experimental school of the alfa omega project.


The technique separates the steel plane truss structure as a roof and bamboo structure to hold the 3-floor plate under the steel roof structure. Construction of Guha is elaborated into 9 materials, to sum up, the craftmanship experimentation in the Realrich Architecture Workshop such as steel, wood, glass, metal, gypsum, bamboo, plastic, stone and concrete. The layout is flexible, and open while some of the rooms are opened by a minimum of 2 doors allowing the further scenario while the program can be changed.

The idea is basically addressing the tropical climate to open north-south and close the facade on the west side. The Facade is the basic material, concrete, vertical louver of steel, and bamboo.  The program it self challenge the typical housing in Indonesia to be mixed with more micro business programs such as education, even coffee shop in the future by maintaining the privacy and opening itself to the public.


The construction is done by generations of craftsmen from west java which integrate some of the traditional fish mouth joint in bamboo construction and more modern construction methods such as steel and construction. Real rich Architecture Workshop which well-known by the name of RAW Architecture is an experimental design studio created by Realrich Sjarief. The Studio continues the craftsmanship technique of 3 generations of Realrich’s builder family since Indonesia’s independence.

The conceptual approach involves a poetic solution to overcome the design brief. The technique elaborated in the Realrich Architecture Workshop is the studies of context, application of tectonics grammar, evaluation of critical methodology grammar, and uses of stereotomic forms. The sum of all of the concepts calls the objective of the studio to achieve a natural state of architectural mastery.  






Photography by Eric Dinardi & Ernest Theofilus with courtesy of RAW


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