Rumah Besar Sembalun is a competition project for the tourism department in Lombok, Indonesia. The center will be a tourism destination and gate to one of Indonesia’s beautiful volcanoes, Mount Rinjani. Therefore, the concept is to create a compound of a variety of tourism activities.
Location: Sembalun Lawang Village, East Lombok, Indonesia
Stage: Competition Design Proposal
Function: Rumah Besar (information center, administration office, culture center)
Land Area: 5.827 sqm
Building Area: 821 sqm
Its key feature is as a preservation center of Sembalun traditions. Such traditions include, cultures, farming, agriculture, and common social activities. At the same time, it will exhibit hand woven fabrics famously known in Lombok. All together, the Rumah Besar Sembalun is a center of culture and tourism under one roof.
The architectural concept comes from adopting the geometrical shapes of local farms and rice paddies. By implementing this idea, we want to achieve a soft and neutral modern look to the existing village. As a result, the center will have a strong architectural relationship with the local architecture.
Another architectural feature is the fragmentation of buildings. This approach is to mimic the traditional village like pathways in between buildings. By doing so, we hope to represent the experience of walking through an old Indonesian village.
The materials we use through out this project are from the local surroundings. First on the list, the wood we are using is Suren Wood. It is famous among the local people of Sembalun to construct houses. Secondly, the bamboo panels we use are commonly used in fencing a property. Our idea is to use these panels as wall dividers and space dividers. Also, to not use glass we want to replace it with the same bamboo panels as some panels will allow light penetrations. Thirdly, the colour of the soil is mixed into the cement to create earth-like wall finishes. And finally, we apply local stones to ground cover and some structural wall elements. All together, the materials will blend together with the landscape and existing architecture. As a result, it will create a seamless architectural language between the center and the village.