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Grow Vertical with Millimeter Houses

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How do we densify our city?

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In our growing cities, architects face the challenges of building more homes in increasingly smaller spaces. When we debate whether or not to densify our cities, perhaps the more important question to ask is: how?

There is no One-Size-Fits-All solution to density.

Densification offers more efficient lifestyle and mobility, leading to smaller carbon footprints. In our growing cities, architects face the challenge to design homes in. Increasingly smaller space. A sustainable densification is more than just space efficiency , productivity, and technology. The quality life of the residents created by the relationship between the buildings-residents-and the city.

We need buildings that refer to local context, local climate, and local culture. Buildings that connect directly to our emotion and shaping habits of its residents.

50% of Jakarta’s population are millennials with the age range between 25-40 years old, the problem comes when affordability to purchase a property. The average income of the millenials are below the available property price range.

The housing crisis and urban sprawls in Jakarta requires bottom-up solutions, architecture can take part to provide solutions as alternative living.

Millimeter House series are Compact Houses typology designed by AGo Architects, these houses offer more than just building in a narrow plot of land. The recent trends in the Jakarta housing crisis were the driving forces for the design strategy; such as economic downturn, the smaller household members, high cost of land and infrastructure, higher energy cost, needs of shorter commuting. Thus resulting in compact house design innovations; adaptable layouts, demountable and movable partitions, versatile furnishings.

We can see this house as an alternative solution to living in the densely populated city because these houses sit in less than 5 meters wide plot of land, and most importantly it utilizes brownfield sites or existing property not more than 800m from MRT Station. In the future, larger plot of land can be divided into smaller plots and build higher to accommodate multiple families in one existing land.


3500 Millimeter House

3500 Millimetre house is 3,5 meter (3500 millimetre) wide by 17 meter long housing a young family of an architect, his wife and his son. The programs contained are a result of  discussions between the architect and his wife, questioning the things they really need instead of what they want. Thus resulting in a 100 meter square house that provide basic programs compacted in interior modules for its user with 35 m2 master bedroom occupying the ground floor, Living-Dining-Kitchen (LDK) + laundry at second floor, a bed-play-study space for the son, and a rooftop with a city view.


3000 Millimeter House

The project was commissioned by a single professional to serve as a house for both her and her parents. The house sits on top of a unique site of 3 meters wide and 25 meters deep in a densely populated neighborhood. The brief was to renovate the existing house to be more efficient, comfortable, and secure given its location in a densely populated neighborhood.

With a narrow interior width, the building is designed to be accessible and friendly to the elderly parents. The parents bedroom is located on the ground floor and equipped with a pantry and an integrated living, dining, and storage area.



3900 Millimeter House

The house is located at a site of 3,9 meters wide and 20 meters deep in a densely populated neighborhood just 200 meters from Blok A MRT Station. The owner is a bachelor who is setting up a house for his future family. The strategy of the space planning is to give a flexible open plan layout on the ground floor for living-dining-kitchen and laundry space. The bedrooms are on the second floor, a master and flexible kids bedroom with a semi-permanent partition to divide each room.

An intermediary space on the ground floor covered with Teak Wood serves as an entrance and a foyer, giving a sense of privacy from outside but at  the same time an outdoor feeling in the interior. The intermediary space has a 6 meters high ceiling with a small bridge on the second floor serving as a balcony to the master bedroom.


3950 Millimeter House

An extension of the existing parents house, the house is designed to cater the needs of a single professional with an active healthy lifestyle. The ground floor functions as an open gym that in the future can be converted as a garage or a room. The second floor is a Living-Dining-kitchen open layout that acts as a social space. The third floor is a master bedroom with a hidden game room.


About AGo Architects

AGo Architects is an award-winning architecture firm based in Jakarta, founded by Abimantra and Gabi Osri.

We believe in architecture practices that take into account its impacts on the environment and the society it lives in. This design-thinking ensures that architecture is not merely a physical experience, but rather an aesthetic interpretation of harmonic relationship between human and its physical environment.

We strive to deliver architecture that is functional, sustainable, and socially-responsible through a careful curation of its raw materials, efficient design, and inclusivity in mind. With these guiding principles, our architecture anticipates the challenges of the future.


Photo by Kafin Noe’man & Abimantra Pradhana



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