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Editor’s Letter: Perfection in Architecture | ARCHINESIA #12

Cover Story: Perfection in Architecture

Since the rise of industrialisation and mass distribution, there has gradually been a global advancement in the technical aspect of architecture. Building materials are produced in higher standards, incorporating latest technologies that promise precision in their application. Computer modelling has allowed architects to input data and directly use them as parameters in the design. These conditions are part of what informs the pursuit towards “perfection” in our era.

As a publication, ARCHINESIA Bookgazine is a part of the mechanism that influences the pursuit towards “perfection”. We intentionally display architectural projects through visually striking imagery. The photographs in our magazine have undergone retouching and adjustments to depict the projects in their best possible condition. We also further select the images, then arrange them in a specific sequence, cropping and enlarging certain elements when needed to tell an interesting story on paper. We indeed attempt to display excellent imagery of built projects to be appreciated by our readers and to inspire them.

However, technical or formal perfection is surely not the only goal of architecture. While approximating “perfect” can be a measure of excellence, there are aspects inherent to architecture that are worthy of consideration—for example, how do architects coordinate with builders to manifest their designs? Other approaches even purposefully subvert perfection, seeking to find other values to champion through their architecture.

These nuances are insufficient to convey through imagery alone, and are best elaborated through text. That is why in this Cover Story feature, we invite Ng Seksan, Eko Prawoto, Irianto Purnomo Hadi, Adela Askandar, Farah Azizan, Tey Tat Sing, Wong Wei Ping, Willis Kusuma, Avianti Armand, and Wendy Djuhara to discuss in-depth: how does the concept of “perfection” influence their architecture? The answers were highly personal, strongly influenced by each architect’s background. The discussion also gave rise to many follow-up considerations that our readers can ponder for their own practices.

 

Insight: Yori Antar – Discovering Synergy

ARCHINESIA now comes with two covers in one edition, with a back cover featuring a prominent architect whom we profile through an in-depth interview.

In the Insight feature of ARCHINESIA #12, we interviewed Gregorius “Yori” Antar Awal, principal of Han Awal & Partners Architects. Yori Antar spoke at length about AMI (Arsitek Muda Indonesia), whose effect to shift the direction of Indonesian contemporary architecture has been widely discussed, as well as his strong belief that the key to enrich Indonesian architecture is by learning from its abundant, yet largely untapped, traditions.

 

ARCHINESIA #12 Back Cover “Yori Antar: Discovering Synergy”. Photography by Sonny Sandjaya

Featuring Built Projects:

Ministry of Design – RACE Robotics Lab

Architectkidd – The Street Ratchada

DCM Jakarta – Menara Kompas

Studio TonTon – Artotel Sanur

Sindhu Hadiprana & Parametr Indonesia – Automotive Gallery and Office

Stu/D/O Architects – Naiipa Art Complex

DRTAN LM Architects – Verandah House 8D

SUTD Advanced Architecture Laboratory – “The Future of Us” Exhibition Pavilion

Bangkok Project Studio – The Wine Ayutthaya

RAW Architecture – Alfa Omega School

andramatin – Secret Garden Village

SUB – SUB Office

Junsekino Architect And Design – Baan Nong Bua School

Indra Tata Adilaras – Aviary Hotel and Serviced Apartment

Enshi Sin, Melania Agustina – The Arbanat Cafe

Cong Sinh Architects – Vegetable Trellis

WTA Architecture and Design Studio – The Book Stop Project

The Wine Ayutthaya by Bangkok Project Studio. Photography by Spaceshift Studio

 

Alfa Omega School by RAW Architecture. Photography by Daniel Jiang

 

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