ArchitectureWeek Notes No. 325
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THE SUNDANESE HOUSE
by Gabriella Mihalyi
Three hundred steps lead down to the Sundanese village of
Kampung Naga. Here, in this valley of West Java,
Indonesia, the people consciously maintain the knowledge
of their ancestors and their traditional lifestyles in a
close relationship with nature. This philosophy extends
to their construction methods using local materials of
timber, stone, bamboo, and palm leaves.
The first 100 steps are surrounded by large, leafy ebony
trees. From the next 100, the rice fields on the valley
floor are visible, along with glimpses of tiny white
houses with black roofs. Descending the last 100 steps,
the visitor, accompanied by a requisite guide, sees the
everyday logic of valley life. The hills above provide
the materials of village life - water, wood, and food -
and below is the river that flows under the village and
carries away waste.
Kampung Naga, or Dragon Village, is one of the few
Sundanese villages in West Java where the people
steadfastly maintain traditions despite the proximity of
modern influences. In their architecture, this means
functional simplicity and a uniformity accented with
small differences in details.
Here, the house is not only a building but the center of
life. In the Sundanese language, the word for house,
bumi, is the same as the word for Earth.
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