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Rad+Ar Builds Advanced Bioclimatic Indonesian Mosque

The well-ventilated building features breathable walls and brilliant ventilation that reduce the need for energy-hungry air conditioning systems.

RAD+ar, an architecture firm in Jakarta, has built a brand new mosque in Pamulong, Indonesia.

However, this Indonesian mosque is more than just a place of worship — it’s a “bioclimatic community space,” serving as a meeting place and recreation space within a specially temperature-controlled environment.

If you didn’t know, Indonesia can get pretty toasty.

The well-ventilated building features breathable walls and brilliant ventilation that reduce the need for energy-hungry air conditioning systems.

RAD+ar also made changes in light of COVID-19, as described in Design Boom:

“In the middle of construction, in january 2020, while the coronavirus outbreak happened, RAD+ar chose to replace 95% of the project’s vertical wall elements with a custom made roster comprised of 30.000 bricks. maintaining the interior temperature within 25 to 28 degrees with the minimum wind speed of 1m/s, the design made it possible to create a sheltered ‘outdoor-like’ mosque with a dynamic clay roster facade.”

I’m a big fan of building around a problem rather than reducing it, so eliminating the need for power-hungry air conditioning systems is a brilliant way to go if you ask me.

The energy needed to cool down a mosque of this size would be gargantuan, so that’s a great way to get around the issue.



Joe is passionate about environmentalism and the effect it has on our planet. He’s been a vegetarian for 10 years and is very strict about recycling in his apartment. As well as writing, he likes to spend time singing, playing the guitar, and defending pineapple on pizza.

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