Decoding Ambigous Spaces in The School of Creative Industry Building, Telkom University (Bandung)


  • Setiamurti Rahardjo Telkom University
  • Dea Aulia Widyaevan Telkom University


In interior design, architecture  gives characters  to the existing  space. However, the results  of the interior  space  designing  are varied  depending  on the problems found in  the existing.  Furthermore,  towards the making  of an interior  space,  the space  character  is  developed  by the divisions  of the positive-negative spaces  in  function  1   perception.  It means,  this categorization  mainly  occurs  on how the users perceive  the space   to   deal   with   certain   activities.   This   aspect   is   also   correlated   with   physical   elements   which accommodate   users'   activities  physically   and  psychologically.   Based  on  this  understanding,   there  lies a category of ambiguous  space which is defined as a space with no certain identity of function.  It means this space has multi-interpretations towards functions.   This paper discusses the factors that cause the phenomena of ambiguous  spaces in the building  of School of Creative  Industries  at Telkom  University. This building becomes interesting due to its spatial special needs in the design process and it engages users' creativity. The method used is an evaluative observation  described in a qualitative manner, with using the phenomenological approach of the deviant behavior towards the studied object. The aim of this paper is to define the parameter on how the setting  of the interior physical elements is related to the creation of ambiguous  space.  It is found on the result that ambiguous  spaces  in the TCIS building  are formed through perception  of the form  of the space,  design flaws,  and  design  errors.  On  further  research,  the  findings  can  be  an  important  factor  to determine  the  characteristics  of ambiguous  space  as a prevention  in order  to reach  an optimized  interior design.

Keywords: Ambiguous  space,  Interior space,  Space planning,  Spatial character,  Space perception