The Architecture of Batak Toba: An Expression of Living Harmoniously

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Himasari Hanan
Surjamanto Wonorahardjo


Batak Toba people have a fi gurative imagination through which they orientate themselves to nature
and the surrounding landscape. The architecture of the house is created to create a beautiful fi gure
in the natural landscape as well as to act in moderating warm-humid climate. Dramatic roof forms have been developed as an expression of this culturally determined sensitivity towards natural forces and practical wisdom towards thermal comfort. Building a house deals with human needs within a structure of static and living components from the environment. Aesthetic qualities emerge genuinely out of the adaptive process within the corresponding multidimensional aspects of a living environment.


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Hanan, H., & Wonorahardjo, S. (2012). The Architecture of Batak Toba: An Expression of Living Harmoniously. Nakhara : Journal of Environmental Design and Planning, 8, 11–22. Retrieved from