Rumah Asuh is An alternative movement to save and preserve the local wisdom of Indonesian architecture
An annual trip by a group of young architects initiated by Mr. Yori Antar, the principal architects of Han Awal&Partners Architects, to enjoy the beauty of Indonesia has evolved and grown into Rumah Asuh: a movement to protect Indonesian architectural heritage. In 2008, while traveling in Flores the team heard about a village called Waerebo in Manggarai.
The incredible journey to reach the village, the amazing traditional houses and warm welcome from the villagers made this trip different. After returning to Jakarta, the architects set up a project to save the endangered Waerebo traditional house. In 2012, this project won international and local awards, including the 2012 Asia Pacific UNESCO Cultural Heritage Conservation Award and Indonesian Architects Institute Award for conservation.
Today Rumah Asuh is more of a movement, impacting the general architecture community in Indonesia and extending beyond to anthropologist and archeologists
Our works and projects are based on these principles :
- Community based development program
Rather than using a "project" approach, in which a contractor usually build a building for the client, our project focuses on the participatory approach. Indonesian usually calls it "gotong royong", it is when the people are working together to achieve a greater good for themselves and the community.
- Prioritized for the endangered types of traditional architecture
Most of Rumah Asuh' projects are located in the eastern part of Indonesia (islands other than Java, Bali and Sumatra), as they are currently lacking of attention while having a vast richness of the culture.
- Built in its actual habitat and community
We believe that a true conservation is more of a social and cultural issue rather than only a "physical" issue. Therefore, we tried to conserve the traditional architecture as a living culture rather than a dead monument. That means, the works take place in its actual habitat, involving the community as the main actor and the owner of the heritage.
- Constructed based on the traditional and original methods
Each community has their own local wisdom. While the world is looking for more and more answers of the "green and sustainable" architecture, we can learn a lot form the community about sustainability, as well as their attachment to site and culture.
- Constructed by the local people themselves
Reconstruction is the most effective tools of knowledge transfer, especially for the young generation of the local community, While involved in a reconstruction projects, the people gain their sense of belonging and culture awareness. By this way, not only the physical structures are saved, but also the "knowledge" itself are sustained.
- A potential learning experience for the next generation and the academic world
Through the projects, we've learned that the local architecture has a valuable potentials. Therefore, their reconstruction and conservation process is truly a precious events, in which we can gain a lot of wisdom and knowledge. Different disciplines are now involved in our projects to give their thoughts and comments; university students doing their live-in, and the whole project is usually compiled in a publication; all happened to make sure that more and more people could gain the understanding and the awareness on this issue.
- Leading to a community empowerment in the future
Through the projects, we do hope for a better local community in the future. Though the interactions, knowledge exchange take place: global issues, positive influence, and potential empowerment . Better hospitality for tourism, english lesson, replanting the trees for sustainability issues are brought to the village to broaden their mind.
- Support eco-tourism
At the end, it is through eco-tourism that the community could share their culture to the world outside. Unforgettable tourism experience, rich collaboration of nature and culture lead awareness on sustainability.
Our Key People
Yori Antar | Founder of Rumah Asuh
Holding his current position as the director and principal architect of PT Han Awal & Partners Architects has brought Yori Antar to his next adventure. He initiated his annual Indonesia trips for his architects team on 2006, visiting different places - some of them located in the most remote areas of Indonesia. Those trips unexpectedly amazed them to the beauty as well as the endangered condition of some of Indonesia's most precious architectural heritage.
One of the first opportunity came in 2007 when Yori Antar met Monica Ginting who introduced him to Ibu Lisa Tirto Utomo whose become one of Rumah Asuh's biggest supporter on their first projects. Starting with a weaving house for the Dayak people in Sintang - a cultural project closely involve with the local people, Rumah Asuh began their journey "beyond" architecture into the richness of Indonesia's living culture.
Varani Kosasih & Paskalis Khrisno Ayodyantoro | Project in Charge
Varani Kosasih started her journey with Han Awal & Partners Architects on 2006 as an intern, before she joined full time on 2007. Since few years before joining the firm, Indonesian architecture and local wisdom has been her interest and her focus on her thesis. Starting on Rumah Asuh's very first project : Rumah Tenun Tirta Dharma in West Kalimantan, until today she in in charge as the contact person for Rumah Asuh and the internal affairs of the foundation.
Paskalis Khrisno started his journey as a freelance architect for Han Awal & Partners Architects on 2005, before he joined full time on 2007. Paskalis is actively involved in the world of architecture publication through JongArsitek, and Arsitek Muda Indonesia (AMI). Today, he is one of the project coordinator for Rumah Asuh, especially in charge for the publication and documentation for Rumah Asuh projects.
Faiz Suprahman, Resha Khambali and Rendy Hendrawan | Team Member
While Faiz started his journey from Waerebo, Resha Khambali started his journey on Rumah Asuh's live in programme in Sumba Island. He joined Rumah Asuh and Han Awal&Partners Architects as a full team member on 2012.
Rendy Hendrawan is another member of Rumah Asuh starting his journey from a live-in program. Rendy started his journey in the third phase of Waerebo Reconstruction before he decided to join full time on 2012.