MovingCities published in the June-July 2013 issue of Mark magazine #44 an interview with leading Indonesian architect Andra Matin. He is a well-kept secret in the architecture world. A major force within contemporary Indonesian architecture, the soft-spoken man is recognized as the helmsman of a generation of independent architects, yet hardly anyone outside his native country knows his name. Locally celebrated but internationally undiscovered, Matin was one of the first Indonesian architects to establish an independent practice after the fall of Suharto in 1998. Read the full interview.
Andra Matin Interview | MARK magazine#44
An extract from Andra Matin Interview  :
In Yogyakarta on a previous visit, I had met Matin on the construction site of a 550-m2 house and studio for Indonesian sculptor and painter Agus Suwage. ‘When I first thought about this house, I imagined it like a finger,’ he told me, ‘the finger as the artist’s tool. But as you see, the final result does not look like a finger at all.’ A porous black wall marks one side of the building. A shifted and elevated volume on the street side gives the impression of an introverted architecture.
But inside, the transition between spaces generates an interesting flow of light and shadow. Inspiration for the design came from his childhood and from a deep-seated obsession with the architectural culture of Japan. ‘When I was a little kid, my friend’s grandmother lived in Yogyakarta. When I slept in her house, light slipping through the façades of woven bamboo intrigued me. I also like those Japanese houses that are a bit dark during the daytime. The rooms are not too bright, and natural light is not too direct.’
About Andra Matin (see also list of selected projects on archnet.org)
Andra Matin was born in Bandung in 1962, graduated from architecture of Parahyangan University Bandung in 1981. After working as an architect from 1990-1998 in Grahacipta Hadiprana, he founded Andra Matin Architects in the same year. He was awarded with five IAI (Indonesian Institute of Architects) Awards in 1999, 2002, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and in 2012 was part of an architecture exhibition at GA Gallery, Tokyo. In 2012, a solo show about his work, entitled “Andra Matin: Sebuah Sekuel” was on view at Dia.Lo.Gue Art Space, Jakarta.
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Pictures by Mónica Carriço /movingcities.org
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UPDATE: whiteboard journal – A Concise Publication on Design, Culture & Ideas – has a great interview with Andra Matin, Unconventional Spaces with Andra Matin – by Athina Ibrahim | November 2013
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