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yori antar: mbaru niang preservation, flores island, indonesia
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may 03, 2013
yori antar: mbaru niang preservation, flores island, indonesia


‘mbaru niang preservation’ by rumah asuh and yori antar, flores island, indonesia
image courtesy of the aga khan prize for architecture, see designboom’s coverage here.

 

local, angerang-based architect yori ansar started the rumah ansu project as a movement to preserve traditional houses and building
technologies throughout indonesia. the architect takes young designers to distant villages to both experience and renovate existing traditional homes–
all under the premise that indigenous culture has time-tested methods for building effective and perfectly acclimated dwellings. believing in the
power of local wisdom has proved fruitful for the architect, who just earned a spot on the shortlist for the aga khan prize for architecture,
shortly on the heels of garnering UNESCO asia-pacific award for cultural heritage conservation, specifically for his work with the
wae rebo community in flores island, indonesia. in the ‘mbaru niang preservation’ the architect initiated a community-led revival of
the vernacular ‘worok’ homes, conical constructions of tied-together wood and bamboo.

 

 

 

the completed renovation

image courtesy of the aga khan prize for architecture

 

 

an in progress view shows the underlying skeleton of the structure

image courtesy of the aga khan prize for architecture

 

 

the rattan palette and thatched roofs have been a hallmark of the architectural language of the remote island; however, when the group of touring
young architects realized that there were only four of these unique homes standing, two of which were badly in need of repair, a project to
preserve the typology was born. while the set of skills required to build the dwellings had been handed down through generations, the process
was quickly democratized to include university students and the community at large and to rightly preserve the techniques from fading to
mere memories. the project takes care to precisely document the building technologies, while materials are locally sourced and employ brilliant
joinery techniques. the structures are imbued with more than the base requirements of a shelter– they are examples of a living culture,
an architecture that inherits the power of family and humanistic kinship.

yori ansar’s architecture posits that there is room for architectural values in the industry today; as he stated to the jakarta times:

‘ if we want to build modern architecture, build ones that have soul.’    

 

 

construction views show an incredible scale and use of locally available materials

image courtesy of the aga khan prize for architecture

 

 

the renovation was a community-led effort

image courtesy of the aga khan prize for architecture

 

 

 

 image courtesy of the aga khan prize for architecture

 

 

rattan weaving provides the cladding for the building

image courtesy of the aga khan prize for architecture

 

 

rendering of the building typology

image courtesy oft eh aga khan prize for architecture

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