After over a year of quarantine and pandemic shutdowns, the residents’ longing of outdoor experience emerged massively in Indonesian big cities. Restaurants have adapted from being just a place to eat to a place of domestic escape due to the inability of traveling overseas. Designed by Seniman Ruang, Talaga Sampireun aims to offer a natural outdoor dining experience with a new image of Indonesian rural life, while still retaining its traditional values.

Project Name: Talaga Sampireun
Project Location: Bekasi, Indonesia.
Completion Year: 2021
Site Area: 10.000 sqm
Building Area: 800 sqm
Parking Area: 2500 sqm
Landscape: 6700 sqm
Architect: Seniman Ruang
Interior Designer: Seniman Ruang
Lighting Consultant: ErreLuce
Photo Credits: Celvin Leowardi

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The project was located in Bekasi city, which has a dense population of family residents and industry workers. The brief was to transform 10.000 sqm empty land into a numerous detached building such as entrance, main dining, VIP dining, Saung, kitchen, toilet, and landscape consisting of greeneries, artificial lake, agriculture garden, and playground.

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The lake was built to cool down the hot and arid condition, also as an immense reservoir of rainwater harvesting which can be used to automatically water the plants. Surrounded by 17 floating dining spaces called Saung (a Sundanese hut, usually built as a resting shelter of local farmers), the lake became the main attraction and a new habitat that naturally bred edible fishes for customers and workers.

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The idea was to solve the site condition by implementing Indonesian vernacular architecture. All of the buildings were designed to enable natural cross ventilation which minimize reliance on air conditioning, and wide expanse of the roof, inspired from the shape of banana tree leaf, shading the room from heat and tropical heavy rain. Tight budget was the challenge that made all the materials were selected carefully, so that it can still bring timelessness into design. The project incorporated local, eco-friendly structural materials alongside modern steel structures. Sulawesi coconut wood, which was not commonly used in its place of origin and sold at a very low price, was predominantly used as the structure, floor, and wall of Saung. Besides being affordable, rigid, easily grown and accessible, they also aged beautifully – the older the wood, the bigger the wood fibers appeared, and the more exotic it became. The floor was elevated to avoid termites and the ceiling was exposed to express wood shingles construction and minimize budget, moreover passive cooling was achieved by allowing air flows under and over the building.

©Celvin Leowardi

The design tried to give more than just a sustainable approach but also a cultural value. The entrance space was covered in rattan, woven in a modern way as an interpretation of Indonesian Batik fabric. Bricks were exposed and stacked in another Batik pattern as a divider between kitchen and dining area. Lines of bamboo were embedded in different heights and waving composition while allowing air flow between their openings. The local vintage tiles, Tegel Kunci, were applied to enhance a focal area of the floor and express modesty. Inexpensive decoration was selected to bring the rural atmosphere to life, such as traditional Indonesian cutleries as decoration and farmers’ hats that were transformed into wall lamps.


  1. Allia Picaso Tiles – Flooring
  2. Niro Granite Matt Lapato – Flooring
  3. Essenza Gris Cemento – Flooring
  4. Inovasi Wahana Anak – Rubber Flooring for Playground
  5. ByoLiving – Woven Rattan for Entrance
  6. Sulawesi Coconut Wood – Saung Wall, Floor, and Structure
  7. GAF – Bitumen Roof
  8. Beranda Living – Furniture
  9. Jatitari Meubel – Furniture
  10. Mohoi – Table Lamp
  11. ErreLuce – Lighting

About Seniman Ruang

An architecture & interior design practice based in Jakarta, Indonesia, with aim to combine architecture and art as one spatial design unity through balancing functional and emotional experience that communicate one story. Focusing on design quality instead of project quantity, our design process departs from thorough research through users, context and material exploration that speaks of the brand identity to create visual unity and twists in originality.


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