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.Continue reading “Andra Matin | MARK magazine#44”
While in Jakarta we grasped the opportunity to catch up with mamo[architect Adi Purnomo], who, along with Andra Matin, is one of Indonesia’s finest architects; and visited with mamo an older, and so-far unpublished, villa-project: the David and Gita House – in the suburbs of Bogor. A timely moment to have him again on tape and talking.
Delving in our archive to show some older work, we also publish a short Q&A. Continue reading “mamostudio | House in Bogor”
MovingCities reviews “Tropical Modernity, Life and Work of C.P. Wolff Schoemaker” [CJ van Dullemen, SUN Architecture], a book dealing with the work and life of the Dutch architect in the Dutch East Indies [Indonesia].
It is a weird, amazing, thrilling and depressive feeling to encounter the office towers that the architect Paul Rudolph[1918-1997] has constructed in Jakarta and in Surabaya. Weird, amazing and thrilling, because one can see a glimpse of an architectural future where tropicalist thinking meets megastructural modernity; depressive because they seem to be largely neglected by today’s architectural debate on sustainable structures. An introduction and a tale of two towers. Continue reading “Paul Rudolph | Jakarta + Surabaya”
“For Indonesian architects, a house is usually their first project, the first experiment, the first chance to make a built work. […] By removing the client out of this context, we enlarge the room to explore architecture.” So states Danny Wicaksono in his curatorial intentions for the Rumah Rumah Tanpa Pintu – Houses Without Doors – exhibition. The opening weekend in Jakarta was a great event full off maquettes, jongArsitek!, (but also other) architects and creatives – drinks, dialogues, music, presentation and food. Continue reading “Jakarta | ‘Rumah Rumah Tanpa Pintu’ opening”