Having to spend more time at home these few months, Andra Matin, one of Indonesia’s most prominent architects, is rediscovering the wonder his well-lived, tropical minimalist home.
Located in Bintaro, south of Jakarta, the three-storey house occupies a 320-sqm trapezoidal and sloping plot. It is home to Andra, his interior designer wife Dite, their three children, and dozens of cats. Before the pandemic brought the world to a standstill, it was one of the famous hang out spots of Jakarta’s creative community. Andra’s eponymous practice andramatin studio is just a few doors down from the house, and his 30-odd staff members often came over for discussions and brainstorming.
Whenever he can, Andra would open his home to visiting architects, creatives and design students. It took six years to complete, and at first glance the design seems brutally minimalist. The material palette consists of exposed concrete and reclaimed wood and very little else. The living-dining area has no walls. The children’s beds are enclosed in capsules. The master suite is located inside a separate volume that looks like a shed; its master bath is in the basement. And somehow, Andra’s deft hands make the design work.
But the design offers warmth and appreciation for the tropical climate like no other. Here’s a gallery of snapshots taken by the architect himself.