MARK Magazine#44 | Indonesian Architecture

Indonesia Special | MARK Magazine#44
Indonesia Special | MARK Magazine#44

Mark magazine #44 hit the shelves last month!
And it is a special one, providing an unique and timely insight in what is currently happening in the architectural scene in Indonesia. Two extensive portraits by Bert de Muynck | MovingCities reveal Andra Matin as ‘a well kept secret in the architecture world’ and looks at the work of Adi Purnomo of mamostudio who thinks it is vital for the development of good architecture for practices to ‘involve artisans and builders in their designs’.
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MARK Magazine#44 | Indonesian Architecture

Indonesia Special | MARK Magazine#44
Indonesia Special | MARK Magazine#44

After architects and architecture in Indonesia were liberated from the imposing limits of Sukarno’s and Suharto’s presidencies, independent studios took the lead over government-controlled firms and have since then contributed to a new aesthetic throughout the country. Curious about these trends, we focused on 14 of the nation’s newest projects for our latest issue.

Danny Wicaksono introduces the subject by shedding light on its political and social contexts, as well as showing recent projects by practices ‘that rose to the surface in the absence of presidential force and ideological dogma,’ Wicaksono writes. Namely three houses by SUB, Nataneka and DAA.

Andra Matin Interview | Mark Magazine#44 | MovingCities (click to read)
Andra Matin Interview | Mark Magazine#44 | MovingCities (click to read)

Mark Magazine#44 | Andra Matin | MovingCities
Mark Magazine#44 | Andra Matin | MovingCities

An extract from the interview with Andra Matin:

Matin’s portfolio is vast and diverse. He designs houses, museums, galleries, restaurants, public parks, mosques and artist studios. Together, we’ve visited projects in Bali, Yogyakarta, Bogor and Jakarta. Matin made the master plan for Tanah Teduh (Land of Calm), a 20,000-m2 gated community in Jakarta comprising 20 large houses. The project is an experiment not only in architectural design but also in planning and in the use of materials. Matin designed 12 houses and invited eight Indonesian architects to contribute plans for the rest.As we walk, I raise the question of his design philosophy again. Clearly more comfortable in this setting – a community he conceived – he says he’s ‘more interested in spatial quality than in shape or form. I like to explore space – an element you cannot see in pictures but can feel only in reality. I want to find the right expression between inside and outside. As a consequence of trying to balance the two, each building becomes different. And then you have the climate, another constraint that influences architecture in Indonesia.

Mark Magazine#44 | Adi Purnomo | MovingCities
Mark Magazine#44 | Adi Purnomo | MovingCities

An extract from the interview with Adi Purnomo:

Purnomo says that, with his design for this villa, he hopes to promote awareness of the disastrous deforestation of Indonesia – and to reach a wide audience with his message. Ironwood was used to build the oldest traditional structures in Borneo, which have been standing for more than 300 years. ‘Why does our traditional architecture last so long?’ he asks rhetorically. ‘These buildings have stood the test of time because they absorb both tangible and intangible influences. Architecture is not only physical structures but also an expression of culture. To get a better understanding of the building process, architects should involve artisans and builders in their designs. We need everyone’s expertise. The resulting building will have a far better dynamic than you get when an architect hands exact specifications to the construction workers and asks for strict execution of what’s on paper. Today, we have lost the dialogue between thinkers and makers.

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Pictures by Mónica Carriço /movingcities.org

Bert de Muynck, published in Mark magazine #44 | June-July 2013 two extensive portraits of Indonesian architects Andra Matin and Adi Purnomo. Order at FrameWeb (>).