A Tropical Indonesian House that Spirals Out from a Central Courtyard

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In the house he designed for himself and his family, architect Ivan Priatman explored his view of tropical modernism: “I try to reinterpret the tradition or the vernacular into the contemporary,” he says.

Modern home with Living Room, Sofa, and Medium Hardwood Floor. The house is intended to be experienced as a continuous sequence from the public living areas to the private office and bedrooms. Instead of organizing the plan linearly, Priatman thought of it as a spiral that wraps around a central green space. Photo  of A Tropical Indonesian House that Spirals Out from a Central CourtyardView Photos

The house is intended to be experienced as a continuous sequence from the public living areas to the private office and bedrooms. Instead of organizing the plan linearly, Priatman thought of it as a spiral that wraps around a central green space.

Modern home with Staircase. “The intimate courtyard, with a concrete floor and plants, is an homage to many charming places in Southern California, where my wife and I lived for four years before getting married," says Priatman. Photo  of A Tropical Indonesian House that Spirals Out from a Central CourtyardView Photos

“The intimate courtyard, with a concrete floor and plants, is an homage to many charming places in Southern California, where my wife and I lived for four years before getting married," says Priatman.

Modern home with Storage Room and Shelves Storage Type. In his studio, Priatman blew up an aerial photograph of Surabaya, where he is based, to map his current architectural projects. Photo  of A Tropical Indonesian House that Spirals Out from a Central CourtyardView Photos

In his studio, Priatman blew up an aerial photograph of Surabaya, where he is based, to map his current architectural projects.

Modern home with Kitchen, White Cabinet, Wall Oven, Pendant Lighting, Range Hood, Medium Hardwood Floor, Recessed Lighting, Undermount Sink, and Cooktops. For the kitchen, architect Ivan Priatman selected an oven, hood, and cooktop from Teka and a Samsung refrigerator. While the table is his own design, the bar stools and chairs are from Informa.

 Photo  of A Tropical Indonesian House that Spirals Out from a Central CourtyardView Photos

For the kitchen, he selected an oven, hood, and cooktop from Teka and a Samsung refrigerator. The table is his own design and the bar stools and chairs are from Informa.