Arkatama Ivara Foundation
Florian Heinzelmann, Daliana Suryawinata, with Rizki Supratman, Muhammad Ichsan, Alfian Reza Almadjid, Timothy Vittorio, and Multazam Akbar Junaedi
Joko Agus Catur Wibowo
(construction and assembly)
PT. Kayu Lapis Indonesia
City of Semarang
2020 Architizer A+A Awards, Popular Choice Winner
Microlibrary Warak Kayu
The library is built at Taman Kasmaran, a small square in Semarang. It represents a further step of SHAU’s tropical architecture and material experimentation, being our first building, constructed entirely from wood products available from the client who is owning a wood factory. It is intended to use a great variety of their available materials and products, ranging from plywood for the façade, laminated timber for the load bearing elements and re-used factory wood waste for interior and floor application.
The façade is a construction system based on the ‘Zollbauweise’ which was developed in the 1920’s in Germany. It works as a screen to shade and enables cross ventilation while it has a very distinctive slightly shifted diamond pattern. This pattern reminds of a mythical, local Warak (Dragon) creature, displayed during annual festivals. Hence the name Warak Kayu – Wooden Dragon. Wooden materials need more attention in terms of constructive rain water protection and therefore a large overhanging roof is envisioned. The whole building is elevated, like a traditional ‘rumah panggung’ (house on stilts), freeing the space underneath for activities, a large book stair and a dragon swing for kids.