Qub Rooms

Best Implemented Project of Public Building or Facility

About the project
Qub Rooms is a 10-room hotel located in a dense commercial strip in the center of Semarang city. Once a mundane 4-storey shop house, the building was transformed into an industrial yet chic structure with a unique facade made out of multiple sized openings, cladded with black steel, creating an unexpected sight among the 90's white ceramic tiles and blue glass facades. Fitting within the urban fabric of the city, the qub (ic) shaped openings articulated across the facades in varied sizes is meant to blur the visual understanding of the real floor levels behind the facade thus heightening the scale of the building. The monotone interior of the hotel utilizes existing exposed concrete ceiling and rough brick texture. They are juxtaposed with sleek lines of steel bar lighting and curved white walls creating an urban yet modern feel within the hotel.

Semarang, Indonesia

Project implementation year

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Applicant and authors of the project
Tamara Wibowo Architects. Architectural studio based practice in Semarang, Indonesia. The studio was founded in 2015 by Tamara Wibowo, educated and trained in the United States for twelve years before she decided to go back to Indonesia in 2012. The studio focuses in creating balance between human and nature through its architecture. Human's experience and comfort that are created within its architecture is achieved through careful study of function, physical context, and climatic condition.
Principal Architect: Tamara Wibowo
Project Architect: Berda Karendra Putra
Designers: Rieza Amalia, Claudia Rebecca

Other participants
Contractor: Gien Suhadi
Photographer: Andreas Wifi
Branding Design: JED Creative
Steel Applicator: Bellagio, Metalindo
Interior Contractor: Asia Furniture