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"Rumah Daun" desain proposal untuk Dewi Tanjung dan Rhenald Kasali

astudioarchitect.com Desain bangunan ini merupakan desain komersial untuk Dewi Tanjung dan Rhenald Kasali, merupakan desain proposal yang dibuat sementara melalui konsultasi via media. Ceritanya Dewi Tanjung diminta untuk membuat proposal desain untuk diajukan sebagai bangunan yang akan berada dalam ‘Rumah Perubahan’ binaan Rhenald Kasali, sementara itu Dewi Tanjung datang ke studio kami untuk meminta referensi desain.

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Desain bangunan ini dibuat dengan kesan terbuka, memiliki atap dengan bentuk seperti daun yang ditangkupkan diatas bangunan, merupakan bangunan galeri yang akan diisi dengan display produk kerajinan dan industri kecil daun-daun yang dipelopori Dewi Tanjung. Simak videonya diatas.

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by Probo Hindarto
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Bambu pengganti rooster untuk dinding / Bamboo replaces rooster for wall


astudioarchitect.com Bambu makin dikenal luas sebagai material yang murah dan bisa didapatkan dengan mudah. Perannya makin diperhitungkan sebagai pengganti kayu, besi dan material lainnya karena bambu lebih cepat tumbuh, serta dianggap sebagai material paling ‘hijau’ dibandingkan material bangunan lainnya. Dibandingkan dengan menggunakan material semen, menggunakan bambu untuk bangunan menghemat penggunaan energi hingga 1/7.

Bamboo is more widely known as a material which can be obtained cheaply and easily. Increasingly is taking its role as a substitute for wood, metal and other materials because bamboo grows faster, as well as considered the most ‘green’ and fashioable material compared to other building materials. Compared with the use of cement material, using the bamboo for building increase energy savings up to seventh.

Penggunaan dinding bambu berongga untuk dinding, sebagai pengganti rooster bisa kita lihat pada karya dari arsitek Benjamin Garcia Saxe. Dinding berpori besar ini bisa menghadirkan ruang yang sejuk dengan penghawaan alami melalui lubang-lubangnya. Sebagai ide, kita juga bisa menggunakan jenis dinding bambu seperti ini untuk penyekat antara ruang dengan taman atau sekedar membuat gazebo dikebun belakang rumah.

The use of hollow bamboo for wall, instead of rooster we can see in the work of architect Benjamin Garcia Saxe. This large porous walls can present a cool room with natural air flow through the holes. As an idea, we can also use this type of bamboo walls for insulation between rooms and garden or just make a gazebo behind a house.

Agar bambu awet, kita bisa menggunakan bambu yang diawetkan dengan bahan kimia. Selain itu cara yang mudah untuk mengawetkan bambu adalah dengan melumurinya dengan solar.

For durable bamboo, we can use bamboo, which is preserved with chemicals. Besides an easy way to preserve the bamboo is to moisten it with diesel fuel.
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by Probo Hindarto
© Copyright 2010 astudio Indonesia. All rights reserved.

Bambu pengganti rooster untuk dinding / Bamboo replaces rooster for wall


astudioarchitect.com Bambu makin dikenal luas sebagai material yang murah dan bisa didapatkan dengan mudah. Perannya makin diperhitungkan sebagai pengganti kayu, besi dan material lainnya karena bambu lebih cepat tumbuh, serta dianggap sebagai material paling ‘hijau’ dibandingkan material bangunan lainnya. Dibandingkan dengan menggunakan material semen, menggunakan bambu untuk bangunan menghemat penggunaan energi hingga 1/7.

Bamboo is more widely known as a material which can be obtained cheaply and easily. Increasingly is taking its role as a substitute for wood, metal and other materials because bamboo grows faster, as well as considered the most ‘green’ and fashioable material compared to other building materials. Compared with the use of cement material, using the bamboo for building increase energy savings up to seventh.

Penggunaan dinding bambu berongga untuk dinding, sebagai pengganti rooster bisa kita lihat pada karya dari arsitek Benjamin Garcia Saxe. Dinding berpori besar ini bisa menghadirkan ruang yang sejuk dengan penghawaan alami melalui lubang-lubangnya. Sebagai ide, kita juga bisa menggunakan jenis dinding bambu seperti ini untuk penyekat antara ruang dengan taman atau sekedar membuat gazebo dikebun belakang rumah.

The use of hollow bamboo for wall, instead of rooster we can see in the work of architect Benjamin Garcia Saxe. This large porous walls can present a cool room with natural air flow through the holes. As an idea, we can also use this type of bamboo walls for insulation between rooms and garden or just make a gazebo behind a house.

Agar bambu awet, kita bisa menggunakan bambu yang diawetkan dengan bahan kimia. Selain itu cara yang mudah untuk mengawetkan bambu adalah dengan melumurinya dengan solar.

For durable bamboo, we can use bamboo, which is preserved with chemicals. Besides an easy way to preserve the bamboo is to moisten it with diesel fuel.
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by Probo Hindarto
© Copyright 2010 astudio Indonesia. All rights reserved.

Mengatasi iklim tropis panas berkaitan dengan orientasi rumah / Dealing with hot tropical climate related with house orientation

Bali bathroom at the Longhouse

astudioarchitect.com Ketika mendesain rumah, kita perlu memperhatikan kondisi orientasi (arah) rumah dan iklim yang ada. Sebuah rumah dapat dirancang dan dibangun untuk memaksimalkan atau meminimalkan dampak iklim. Dinding yang dibuat untuk melindungi rumah dari sinar matahari atau angin dingin dapat melindungi interior rumah dari suhu tidak nyaman. Jendela dapat juga diarahkan untuk mendinginkan udara tropis yang cenderung panas dan menyediakan ventilasi.

When designing a house, we need to consider the condition of orientation (direction) of the house and the existing climate. A house can be designed and constructed to maximize or minimize the impact of climate. Walls are made to protect the house from the sun or cold wind to protect the interior of the house from uncomfortable temperatures. Window can also be directed to cool down the tropical air that tends to heat and provide ventilation.

Pertimbangan struktural ini mengurangi jumlah energi yang dibutuhkan untuk mempertahankan kenyamanan di dalam rumah dan dengan demikian membantu melestarikan sumber daya tak terbarukan yang berharga. Desain interior juga dapat membantu dalam upaya ini, baik struktural yang melengkapi desain atau memberikan kontrol suhu bahkan di rumah dengan orientasi matahari yang tidak baik seperti mengarah ke barat. Jendela lebar yang mengarah ke barat mungkin perlu kontrol untuk mencegah terlalu banyak panas masuk, misalnya dengan mengaplikasikan secondary skin. Bahan lantai dan dinding dapat dipilih untuk membuat perasaan lebih dingin bila disentuh.
Bali bathroom at the Longhouse
Di luar pertimbangan fisik spesifik ini, adalah mungkin untuk menciptakan suasana kehangatan atau kesejukan. Sebuah rumah bisa didesain dengan warna yang akan membuat pemiliknya merasa suasananya lebih dingin. Orang-orang yang tinggal didaerah panas, iklim basah dapat memilih untuk melawan efek psikologis dengan memilih warna sejuk dan natural seperti warna kayu, warna abu-abu atau batuan, maupun warna alami dari tanaman, serta pola dan warna yang sekiranya menyenangkan mata dan membawa kualitas dalam rumah terlepas dari suhu udara yang ada. Tekstur dapat juga menambah efek psikologis: permukaan halus merasa sejuk sementara yang kasar menjadikan orang merasa kurang membutuhkan pendingin udara.

These structural considerations reduce the amount of energy needed to maintain comfort at home and thus help conserve nonrenewable resources which are precious. Interior design can also assist in this effort, either to complete structural design or provide temperature control even at home with solar orientation which is not good or heading west. Wide windows that lead to the west may have controls to prevent too much heat in, for example by applying a secondary skin. Floor and wall materials can be selected to create a feeling of cold to the touch.


Outside of this specific physical considerations, it is possible to create an atmosphere of warmth or coolness. A house can be designed with colors that will make the owner feel a cooler atmosphere. The people who live in hot, wet climate can choose to counteract the psychological effects by choosing cool colors and natural wood color, gray or rock colors, and natural colors from plants, as well as pattern and color to pleasant eyes and bring quality to the house apart from the existing air temperature. Texture can also increase the psychological effects: smooth surface feel cooler while the rough one makes people feel less need of air conditioning.

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by Probo Hindarto

© Copyright 2010 astudio Indonesia. All rights reserved.

Mengatasi iklim tropis panas berkaitan dengan orientasi rumah / Dealing with hot tropical climate related with house orientation

Bali bathroom at the Longhouse

astudioarchitect.com Ketika mendesain rumah, kita perlu memperhatikan kondisi orientasi (arah) rumah dan iklim yang ada. Sebuah rumah dapat dirancang dan dibangun untuk memaksimalkan atau meminimalkan dampak iklim. Dinding yang dibuat untuk melindungi rumah dari sinar matahari atau angin dingin dapat melindungi interior rumah dari suhu tidak nyaman. Jendela dapat juga diarahkan untuk mendinginkan udara tropis yang cenderung panas dan menyediakan ventilasi.

When designing a house, we need to consider the condition of orientation (direction) of the house and the existing climate. A house can be designed and constructed to maximize or minimize the impact of climate. Walls are made to protect the house from the sun or cold wind to protect the interior of the house from uncomfortable temperatures. Window can also be directed to cool down the tropical air that tends to heat and provide ventilation.


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Pertimbangan struktural ini mengurangi jumlah energi yang dibutuhkan untuk mempertahankan kenyamanan di dalam rumah dan dengan demikian membantu melestarikan sumber daya tak terbarukan yang berharga. Desain interior juga dapat membantu dalam upaya ini, baik struktural yang melengkapi desain atau memberikan kontrol suhu bahkan di rumah dengan orientasi matahari yang tidak baik seperti mengarah ke barat. Jendela lebar yang mengarah ke barat mungkin perlu kontrol untuk mencegah terlalu banyak panas masuk, misalnya dengan mengaplikasikan secondary skin. Bahan lantai dan dinding dapat dipilih untuk membuat perasaan lebih dingin bila disentuh.
Bali bathroom at the Longhouse
Di luar pertimbangan fisik spesifik ini, adalah mungkin untuk menciptakan suasana kehangatan atau kesejukan. Sebuah rumah bisa didesain dengan warna yang akan membuat pemiliknya merasa suasananya lebih dingin. Orang-orang yang tinggal didaerah panas, iklim basah dapat memilih untuk melawan efek psikologis dengan memilih warna sejuk dan natural seperti warna kayu, warna abu-abu atau batuan, maupun warna alami dari tanaman, serta pola dan warna yang sekiranya menyenangkan mata dan membawa kualitas dalam rumah terlepas dari suhu udara yang ada. Tekstur dapat juga menambah efek psikologis: permukaan halus merasa sejuk sementara yang kasar menjadikan orang merasa kurang membutuhkan pendingin udara.

These structural considerations reduce the amount of energy needed to maintain comfort at home and thus help conserve nonrenewable resources which are precious. Interior design can also assist in this effort, either to complete structural design or provide temperature control even at home with solar orientation which is not good or heading west. Wide windows that lead to the west may have controls to prevent too much heat in, for example by applying a secondary skin. Floor and wall materials can be selected to create a feeling of cold to the touch.


Outside of this specific physical considerations, it is possible to create an atmosphere of warmth or coolness. A house can be designed with colors that will make the owner feel a cooler atmosphere. The people who live in hot, wet climate can choose to counteract the psychological effects by choosing cool colors and natural wood color, gray or rock colors, and natural colors from plants, as well as pattern and color to pleasant eyes and bring quality to the house apart from the existing air temperature. Texture can also increase the psychological effects: smooth surface feel cooler while the rough one makes people feel less need of air conditioning.

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by Probo Hindarto

© Copyright 2010 astudio Indonesia. All rights reserved.

Natural ventilation

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Tropical House Concept

To create healthy home for your family, natural ventilation is a vital element in house design, because bad air ventilation will trigger many respiratory disease. Natural ventilation is an important factor in healthy house concept. Especially in situation where air becomes more polluted this time; the health of dwellers in the family should be considered in design. Natural ventilation is needed because we have to keep our family healthy. Second reason: natural ventilation will minimize the use of electricity for Air Conditioner.


Inside a tropical house, to provide rooms with natural ventilation and natural light, the source can be from front yard, innercourt, and backyard. According to government’s recomendation for simple house standard, rooms must be ventilated to natural circulation above 5 % from room’s width. Windows and ventilation ought to be controllable as needed.


This picture show the yards as source of natural ventilation. From this sources, natural ventilation should be maximized for healthy house.

In traditional architecture, there has been a tradition in house design to maintain healthy houses. One example is by using ceiling to prefent heat to fall from the roof inside the house.

The picture above shows how ceiling can prevent heat from the roof. Logically, the higher the roof, the cooler the room below it can be, because heat is captured by insulation space below roof. In our traditional houses, usually there are holes to cross the hot air below roof.

Can air fans reduce heat? Yes, it helps the air moving to make our skin cooler. But the real condition is the air is still hot and is only flowing around the room. This is why it is suggested to pay attention to air temperature element.

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by Probo Hindarto
© Copyright 2008 astudio Indonesia. All rights reserved.

Natural ventilation

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Tropical House Concept

To create healthy home for your family, natural ventilation is a vital element in house design, because bad air ventilation will trigger many respiratory disease. Natural ventilation is an important factor in healthy house concept. Especially in situation where air becomes more polluted this time; the health of dwellers in the family should be considered in design. Natural ventilation is needed because we have to keep our family healthy. Second reason: natural ventilation will minimize the use of electricity for Air Conditioner.


Inside a tropical house, to provide rooms with natural ventilation and natural light, the source can be from front yard, innercourt, and backyard. According to government’s recomendation for simple house standard, rooms must be ventilated to natural circulation above 5 % from room’s width. Windows and ventilation ought to be controllable as needed.


This picture show the yards as source of natural ventilation. From this sources, natural ventilation should be maximized for healthy house.

In traditional architecture, there has been a tradition in house design to maintain healthy houses. One example is by using ceiling to prefent heat to fall from the roof inside the house.

The picture above shows how ceiling can prevent heat from the roof. Logically, the higher the roof, the cooler the room below it can be, because heat is captured by insulation space below roof. In our traditional houses, usually there are holes to cross the hot air below roof.

Can air fans reduce heat? Yes, it helps the air moving to make our skin cooler. But the real condition is the air is still hot and is only flowing around the room. This is why it is suggested to pay attention to air temperature element.

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by Probo Hindarto
© Copyright 2008 astudio Indonesia. All rights reserved.

Secondary skin concept (tropical house concept)

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19 July 2008

Imagine a bright tropical house, that is comfortable with shade. Shading device like louvers is often used as secondary skin. Secondary skin concept for tropical houses has become popular lately. This concept blends with modern architecture concept by complementing a considerable solution to deal with tropical climate, which also has an aesthetic value.


What is secondary skin concept

rumah modern minimalis secondary skin
Design by astudio

You might have read or know from TV shows about ‘secondary skin concept’ or second wall layer of a building. This concept is originated from an analogy; house as a human skin.

Biologically, human has skin, to protect human from many danger, virus, disease, and other thread outside human body. Skin has a function to manage relationship between body and outside body. For example, if it is too hot, human skin will react by keeping temperature stable, for example sweat.

Human also has a way to react to external condition for example, by using clothes. There are clothes for hot weather, cold weather, etc. Clothes can be made to fit our comfort.

In architecture, it is Known the concept Of building as human skin, that has a function to protect human body. Building can be designed, to fit tropical climate, from heat and rain, and from other climate related environmental condition.

‘Secondary skin concept was derived from analogy of human skin and clothes, and this concept can be used whenever one layer of building ‘skin’ is not quite enough to deal with climate impact.


rumah modern minimalis secondary skin
Sketch by Probo Hindarto


In the above sketch that I made, I describe one concept of secondary skin. Human inside a room is isolated by Wall and glass. Wood louvers act as ‘secondary skin’ to hold direct heat from the sun to directly enter the room. So in this example, heat will not directly enter the glass wall.

rumah modern minimalis secondary skin
Photo by Samoke (Eko Wahyu, SAMM). House design by Ridwan Kamil
The house is using thousands of bottles for secondary skin.

To apply secondary skin at home

To apply secondary skin concept it is important not to be mistaken with creating building ornaments, because usually, house facade will look more aesthetic than using just a Single wall.

Many and more tropical houses use secondary skin concept. this is because tropical houses need more advanced concept than just a single wall concept. to apply secondary Skin concept for Your home consider these points;

When designing, observe the surrounding houses. are they comfortable enough? In term of air freshness. humidity, etc. If you feel that it is not really fresh and comfortable, consider to use secondary skin for your future home.

If your house is already been built, see if there is a possibility that you could better the level of air and natural light comfort by adding secondary skin.

In houses of tropical area, most secondary skin for buildings are made of wood louvers, steel, or other materials. One unique example is one house that was designed by Ridwan Kamil using bottles as secondary Skin. Other materials like bamboo, recycled material, glass, etc can be used innovatively

Level of human comfort in tropical area is quite specific. Some consider rather dark room is comfortable. How much natural light can get in to a room is one of main considerations beside air flow, humidity etc. Nowadays, glass material ate often being used. the impact is higher temperature level.

The use of secondary skin is quite similar to being below the shadow of a tree. You can imagine that being under the shadow of trees when the sun shine very hot is very comfortable.


(Probo Hindarto)

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by Probo Hindarto
© Copyright 2008 astudio Indonesia. All rights reserved.

Secondary skin concept (tropical house concept)

https://i1.wp.com/bopswave.googlepages.com/indonesiaflag.jpg Bahasa Indonesia

19 July 2008

Imagine a bright tropical house, that is comfortable with shade. Shading device like louvers is often used as secondary skin. Secondary skin concept for tropical houses has become popular lately. This concept blends with modern architecture concept by complementing a considerable solution to deal with tropical climate, which also has an aesthetic value.


What is secondary skin concept

rumah modern minimalis secondary skin
Design by astudio

You might have read or know from TV shows about ‘secondary skin concept’ or second wall layer of a building. This concept is originated from an analogy; house as a human skin.

Biologically, human has skin, to protect human from many danger, virus, disease, and other thread outside human body. Skin has a function to manage relationship between body and outside body. For example, if it is too hot, human skin will react by keeping temperature stable, for example sweat.

Human also has a way to react to external condition for example, by using clothes. There are clothes for hot weather, cold weather, etc. Clothes can be made to fit our comfort.

In architecture, it is Known the concept Of building as human skin, that has a function to protect human body. Building can be designed, to fit tropical climate, from heat and rain, and from other climate related environmental condition.

‘Secondary skin concept was derived from analogy of human skin and clothes, and this concept can be used whenever one layer of building ‘skin’ is not quite enough to deal with climate impact.


rumah modern minimalis secondary skin
Sketch by Probo Hindarto


In the above sketch that I made, I describe one concept of secondary skin. Human inside a room is isolated by Wall and glass. Wood louvers act as ‘secondary skin’ to hold direct heat from the sun to directly enter the room. So in this example, heat will not directly enter the glass wall.

rumah modern minimalis secondary skin
Photo by Samoke (Eko Wahyu, SAMM). House design by Ridwan Kamil
The house is using thousands of bottles for secondary skin.

To apply secondary skin at home

To apply secondary skin concept it is important not to be mistaken with creating building ornaments, because usually, house facade will look more aesthetic than using just a Single wall.

Many and more tropical houses use secondary skin concept. this is because tropical houses need more advanced concept than just a single wall concept. to apply secondary Skin concept for Your home consider these points;

When designing, observe the surrounding houses. are they comfortable enough? In term of air freshness. humidity, etc. If you feel that it is not really fresh and comfortable, consider to use secondary skin for your future home.

If your house is already been built, see if there is a possibility that you could better the level of air and natural light comfort by adding secondary skin.

In houses of tropical area, most secondary skin for buildings are made of wood louvers, steel, or other materials. One unique example is one house that was designed by Ridwan Kamil using bottles as secondary Skin. Other materials like bamboo, recycled material, glass, etc can be used innovatively

Level of human comfort in tropical area is quite specific. Some consider rather dark room is comfortable. How much natural light can get in to a room is one of main considerations beside air flow, humidity etc. Nowadays, glass material ate often being used. the impact is higher temperature level.

The use of secondary skin is quite similar to being below the shadow of a tree. You can imagine that being under the shadow of trees when the sun shine very hot is very comfortable.


(Probo Hindarto)

External Link:


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by Probo Hindarto
© Copyright 2008 astudio Indonesia. All rights reserved.

Window blinds (tropical house concept) – English version

Versi Bahasa Indonesia

12 August 2008

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Do you have a too big window, or window curtain that should be replaced? You might want to consider using window blinds. Window blinds are quite practical because it doesn’t require a lot of space, if planned well. The size can be arranged and combined to cover a glass window area. The precise appearance also give a beautiful addition to our modern home.

What is the use of window blinds?

Window blinds usually put inside a glass window, is an accessory to support home interior design, office and other buildings. Window blinds can be put outside windows, for instance to filter sunlight in house terraces. In this case, it is no longer ‘window’ blinds, but just ‘blinds’, and can function as secondary skin.

We can use window blinds if our window glass is too wide or other condition inside a room, like too much sunlight entering a room, not enough privacy, etc. Window blinds function like usual curtain, but with more advantages. Compared to usual curtain, window blinds can be adjusted to get the most desirable sunlight inside a room. Using curtain, we can cover part of window, but the light is not well spread. Window blinds allow light to enter the room more evenly throughout the room because its laths move entirely. Because of its use, window blinds often become a good choice to replace curtain.

A too wide windows will put in more sunlight into a room both directly or indirectly. If a wide windowed room is used without a window cover like curtain or window blinds, sunlight will enter the room and heat it so it will be hot inside it. With window blinds, even though it doesn’t entirely solve the problem of interior heat, can help to give shadow in order to prevent sunlight from directly heating the floor, even our skin.

Window blinds also help us to get more privacy inside our home if the glass window is too wide. With possible easy adjustment by means of adjustable rotator, rope, and other means, window blinds can give the level of privacy we desire.

Why people like to use window blinds?

Window blinds is more practical and more aesthetic to see than usual curtain. This home accessory is practical in its possibility to be adjusted in the amount of light that enters it (for instance; sunlight) without necessarily change its shape, in other word, it’s quite precise. It can also blend well with the latest architecture style by adding strong lines to the room, making it more beautiful. If we notice more, one window that has window blinds seems more beautiful also because of ray of lights that coming through its laths.

Will window blinds can be applied in most modern style houses?

Houses with modern style will likely be suitable with window blinds like venetian blinds, roman blinds, and other models of window blinds. In most modern houses these days, wide glass windows often used as wall replacement. Many and more varieties of window blinds are more interesting because it is practical, functional, and has an aesthetic value.

What are the materials used for window blinds?

Many materials are used for window blinds. Venetian blinds for instance, are made of wood, bamboo, aluminum, plastic, viny, and other materials. These material will effect the look of it.

Resting Booth
Photo 2: Bamboo blinds

For example, window blinds that is made of bamboo, is very attractive. This kind of blind is quite popular in Indonesia, as well as in other tropical country. Beside, it is quite cheap in price and can be easily found in stores selling small industrial product made of bamboo materials.

What are the shape of window blinds?

Window blinds have many kinds of varieties, mostly named after its material or shape. Venetian blinds for example, usually made of laths of wood, aluminum, plastic, etc. Special for wood laths, the window blinds is called wood blinds.

Vertical blinds are blinds that are arranged vertically, so it is named after it. Materials can be of aluminum, PVC plastic, wood, and the most material used is fabric. Vertical blinds can be used to replace your old curtain so it will look more fresh and modern

Shadow Lines
Photo 3: Vertical blinds

Roller blinds is a blinds that has rolling mechanism, so that the fabric can be rolled and move upwards and downwards.


Photo 4: Roller blinds

Roman blinds, is a kind of blinds with fabric materials that is folded and adjusted with ropes.


Photo 5: Roman blinds

There are many more kinds of window blinds, with more varieties as technology goes more advanced.

Is it true that window blinds can reduce heat inside the room and what is the connection with energy efficiency

Using window blinds, we can save energy from heat exceeding because direct sunlight that comes into a room. It can function as sunlight reflector, and it can reduce the heat impact of direct sunlight, especially if window blinds is made of white materials, because it is the most color that reflect light. Window blinds is not the most effective way to deal with over sunlight or to save electricity because the use of AC, because basically window blinds is capturing sun heat INSIDE the room, so the heat is still radiated inside the room even though not as much as without using window blinds.

Other function related with energy saving is the function of window blinds to reduce or block UV sunlight from outside the room that can increase temperature of the room. This function also make furniture more durable because it is avoided from direct UV light. As we know, furniture that is constantly heat by direct sunlight can loose its color and material quality.

Photo credit:

Photo 1: by Paul Goyette, under CC lisence. Some rights reserved.
Photo 2: by Masahiro Hayata, under CC lisence. Some rights reserved.
Photo 3: by Incase Design, under CC lisence. Some rights reserved.
Photo 4: by Probo Hindarto. All rights reserved.
Photo 5: by Probo Hindarto. All rights reserved.


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by Probo Hindarto
© Copyright 2008 astudio Indonesia. All rights reserved.