2023 | Student

MUSE Design Awards Silver Winner

Kaum Cultural Community Hub

Entrant Company

Savannah College of Art and Design

Category

Interior Design - Cultural

Client's Name

East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia

Country / Region

United States

"A canvas to promote interaction with the local community for passionate and curious visitors, a destination with purpose and meaning"



As the world is getting increasingly globalized and developed, it occurs that some countries gradually lost their regionalism, including my home country, Indonesia. I believe this is not only a loss to the country but to the world. New public spaces are built to adapt to the demand for modernization, where the primitive feelings of local identity are fading. The concern became a solid base behind the design of a cultural community hub, expected to be the heart of local people in their daily life, aiming to remind the local community of who they are and where they come from while introducing their culture to the world.



One prime location that could benefit from the design is East Nusa Tenggara, the home of the Komodo Dragons. The goal is for the locals to be actively involved in showcasing and preserving their culture, while visitors can experience unprecedented cultural immersion. The space features bamboo as the main element in direct response to the locally available material. Aside from sustainability consideration, the arrangement of the bamboo represents the verticality of their vernacular architecture called the Sikka House, while connecting it back to the handwoven fabric as the main inspiration.



The interweave concept introduces cultural aspects through the community's character and material selection. The semi-open plan establishes unity amongst the diverse users, allowing the spaces to be the “knots” while the users are the “strands.” Neutral colors are derived from the handwoven fabric to blend with the natural tones of the environment, creating a timeless and familiar space for the users. Triangular shapes derived from the Dala Mawarni pattern will be incorporated to define functions, creating a sequence for way-finding in the dynamic space.

Credits

Designer
Isidora Stella Yubelia
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