Obsolete House – Gayuh Budi Utomo Creates a Home from Scrap Building Materials

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This small home has been squeezed into a narrow plot of land in Indonesia. The house is flanked by two buildings on each side, limiting window opportunities to the front, rear, and roof.



The project, which was completed in 2016, has been been titled The Obsolete House. It’s been designed by a local architecture firm called Gayuh Budi Utomo.



The two-story building is spread over an area of 884.79-square-feet (82.2-square-meters), which would result in a home with a total floor area in the region of 1,500-square-feet (139-square-meters), if not for the fact it features a mostly void second floor.


The Javanese base and island houses are communal houses, the rooms are known as public rooms, a gathering place for many people. – Gayuh Budi Utomo


The house was constructed with scrap building materials, and it’s from these scrap materials that the project gained its name – materials deemed “obsolete” in other projects were used to create something new.


The impact of using waste materials to create a home lead to surprising results. The interior is a mix with materials and finishes, carefully brought together to produce a harmonious home.


The first floor contains a garage, a large entrance hall, kitchen, dining area, bedroom and a bathroom. The second floor contains a study and a second room. Much of the second story overlooks the first floor below.

By thinking and feeling essentially and out of the box, ultimately he discovers the creativity strength of the materials, from local wisdom and the spaces that are created inside. – Gayuh Budi Utomo


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Niall Burke

Structural engineer by day, tiny house designer by night. Niall has a keen interest in small spaces, green design, and sustainability. He started developing Humble Homes while studying for his masters degree in engineering. He is the founder and managing editor of Humble Homes.

  1. Interesting. I would have used white paint inside and see any wood could have been found and made into shelving units to be used for glasses, pots and pans and kitchen items and can goods or canisters with curtains covering to give privacy. Depending if bedroom or bathroom, another unit on top possibly facing the opposite direction and use for clothing or towels, sheets, blanket, soap or detergent.

  2. Hate… but HATE… rough concrete walls. Especially internal… and that table/bench? Yech! But, the whole concept I think is really, really good… except for that darned rough unfinished concrete texture.