The Rumoh Aceh or Acehnese (traditional) house is a style of architecture formerly common in Aceh, Indonesia.
In Acehnese tradition, the house is oriented North-South. It has been
suggested that this is a pre-Islamic Hindu practice, to avoid facing
the setting sun and death.Acehnese now interpret that the gable of their houses face Mecca (west).
The Acehnese traditional house is built on stilts, providing shelter
for people working or walking underneath it. Family heirlooms are stored
in the roof of the house, considered the most sacred part of the
building. The house is divided into a front and back, plus a middle
section, slightly elevated above the front and back. The middle section
contains the bedroom and storage space, the front is where guests and
special meals are served, and the back section, containing the kitchen,
is where children sleep and where women meet their female guests. In
some Rumah Aceh, there are female stairs to the back section in addition
to the main stairs at the front of the house.