Traditional architecture of Enggano

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The traditional architecture of the Indonesian island of Enggano is pile-built.

Groups of round houses about 9 metres in diameter and built on piles form Enggano villages. Wood or bamboo are used for walls, and roofs are thatched with woven rattan leaves. The house's interior is one large room surrounding a hearth. Adults sleep in this main room, while children and adolescents sleep in less substantial rooms and shelters. The house is accessed via a notched wooden beam.

A kadiofe is the village's public meeting hall. It is a rectangular pile-built structure with a rattan roof and four open sides.


  • Dawson, Barry; Gillow, John (1994). The Traditional Architecture of Indonesia. London: Thames and Hudson. p. 33. ISBN 0-500-34132-X. 

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