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Slider of Joy by Aboday, Tangerang, Indonesia

Emerging Architecture Awards 2010: Highly Commended

It is a heartening fact that, without exception, every Emerging Architecture jury has selected a project that goes beyond the purely functional. This year was no exception, with this scheme - named by its architect as the Slider of Joy - winning universal support.

As part of a neat but fairly conventional modern residential refurbishment, the slide serves more than its initial purpose. The family members that occupy this house range from a small child to 60 years old, and it was the youngest, a five-year-old boy, who dreamt up this unconventional mode of descent. Since completion however, many more senior sliders have taken the plunge, including a group of middle-aged ladies who regularly come to the Muslim household for Koran recitals, and can’t resist a quick slide before getting down to their more serious devotional tasks. Other pleasure seekers have included a 78-year-old lady and a three-year-old girl.

Cast in poured-in-place concrete, the helical slide is situated at the end of the first-floor corridor, offering a convenient full-length run-up before depositing its passengers near the ground-floor dining table. It also transforms into a play cave for the young boy, who occasionally closes both ends using sheets of material before claiming it as his own territory.

Architect Aboday, Jakarta, Indonesia
Project team Ary Indra, Rafael David, Johansen Yap, Ferdy Apriady, Wahid Annasir, Armeyn Ilyas
Landscape Hagani Flora
Contractor Sabar
Photography Happy Lim

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