House AL is located in the remote island of Rote, east Indonesia. The brief from the client emphasized in sustainability and passive cooling systems to build a house that was able to receive many guests keeping privacy in between them, and creating one building with all the common spaces.
The house is divided in 5 bungalows and two common space buildings. Passive cooling systems where used to orientate the buildings to create shading all day long and receive the southeast winds predominant in the dry season.
In between buildings shaded gardens were positioned to be cooled off by the winds and ventilate the rooms allowing airflow during the day and night, reducing the use of Air conditioning systems.
Traditional local straw roof from palm trees was proposed as a vernacular architecture reference and due to its excellent thermal insulation and low carbon print. while the stick of the palm is used as shading screens and pergolas around the house.
The arcs resemble the traditional colonial Portuguese architecture (the legend says Rote was named by a portuguese sailor) and its used as a concept all around the house to create openings and the swimming pool.
Rote Island, Indonesia.