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Other Ways of Doing Architecture, Lecture at PAM Malaysia (Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia) Malaysian Institute of Architects

I will be presenting the lecture in title of Other Ways of Doing Architecture. Gary Yeow contacted me. As part of the co-organised sharing session with Malaysia Institute of Architects, this forum will be speculating on “Other Ways of Doing Architecture” – inspired by Spatial Agency’s publication. The first session here, conducted in December 2020. As Gary was browsing through my portfolio work, he noticed a great amount of details and experiments in my projects, especially Alfa Omega and Guha (with Omah Library & your studio), while other projects showcased great understanding of materiality as well.


The other architects are invited to the discussion such as Jan Glasmeier, from SimpleArchitecture (I know him from Design United India) and One Bite Studio from Hongkong – both are more on curations and workshops – Gary thought on looking at local materials and cultural craftsmanship ( sharing the behind-the-scenes of these successful projects?) – how these connect to genius loci and essence of Indonesia – are the core values they are very excited for.

It’s event supported by Taylor Insitute and Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia (PAM) – Malaysian Institute of Architects – is the national professional institute representing architects in Malaysia.

https://www.facebook.com/PertubuhanAkitekMalaysia/videos/789442701951064/

Here is the link shared by Gary Yeow in his email. I found out that the discussion led by three moderators, Gary, Hazeek, and Joyee are profound, I learnt architecture as social agency from Jan and how social platform can breach towards new understanding in Sarah’s presentation. Please have a look if you are interested in link above, I do learn from them.

Here is some points that I would like to share from Laurensia’s in our journey to find happiness, in my case being a father, architect, and together with her, the dentist who supports our life as family and the lease is Miracle and Heaven ! our lovely angelic son.

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Interview with Realrich Sjarief, Founder of Realrich Architecture Workshop

From his firm located on the outskirts of Jakarta, Realrich wants to design buildings that are timeless and break out of the mould.

I’ve done interview with Vaibhav Srivastava Editor-in-Chief of Design City Lab. It’s on today, please visit

https://designcitylab.com/post/people/interview-with-realrich-sjarief-founder-of-realrich-architecture-workshop

Here is some discussion in interview summed by Vaibhav,

From his firm located on the outskirts of Jakarta, Realrich wants to design buildings that are timeless and break out of the mould. His architecture comes across as honest, simple and grounded in locality which he says is achieved by working closely with regional craftsmen and adopting a minimal local material palette. He belongs to the new breed of architects that is redefining design innovation in building industry and creating a new design language for a new Indonesia.

I have inspired by may people including Y.B. Mangunwijaya, learning the core of explorations and attitude of practice.

” Vaibhav : Which architects inform and inspire your work?

I took three trips which I refer to as pilgrimages. The first one was to see the work of Alvar Aalto. I find his work amazing because of its simplicity. I really respect him as an architect because he created functional designs with ordinary and low cost materials. Second visit was to see Le Corbusier’s work. He had the ability to make fairly simple architecture, which is at the same time very thought-provoking. Third architect that really inspire me is Carlos Scarpa. Scarpa’s attention to detail is almost unmatched and his attention to the smallest details brings his work to a point of simplicity, where even waste becomes the grammar of the design. The Indonesian figure that inspires me the most is Father Y.B. Mangunwijaya, who is an architect, writer, and philosopher. He taught me how to use local material and encouraged me to keep an attitude of having discussions with craftsmen and produce intellectual process on making.

Here are questions elaborated by him.

  1. Could you give us a brief introduction about yourself and your firm?
  2. How do you reflect on the journey of your firm in last 10 years?
  3. What is the role of form-making in your projects?
  4. What is the role of form-making in your projects?
  5. How do you measure success in your projects?
  6. What are the biggest challenges that you face?
  7. How do you support craftsmen through your work?
  8. Can you see timber and bamboo being widely used in a mega city like Jakarta for construction?
  9. The Alpha Omega project was finished on site in six months. How did you achieve such efficiency on site?
  10. How do you approach sustainability in your work?
  11. Which architects inform and inspire your work?
  12. How does your work in university inform your work as an architect?

These questions are amazing, thought very carefully to bridge a learning, practice, teaching experience. Looking at this experience being interviewed with him, I feel that I need to gather my methodology again, this time more integrated, evaluated. It’s looping process.

“To become an architect, we need to learn how to think, draw and critically evaluate ourselves. In academics there is peer pressure to always keep evolving your design and keep improving. We are always evaluating our work and making sure we are contributing to the discourse around architecture. Teaching helps to keep my practice working, as in a small campus where we all are learning from each other, developing feedback loops.”,

please look at the link above. Thank you Vaibhav for the session of support and I also learn by connecting the discourse that you have. I love to read some of your interview with other people and your article about 2021 pritzker prize, you try to have a thought about what’s beyond form investigating the context of the practice, people, and impact of the project to people’s life.

“To become an architect, we need to learn how to think, draw and critically evaluate ourselves. In academics there is peer pressure to always keep evolving your design and keep improving. We are always evaluating our work and making sure we are contributing to the discourse around architecture. Teaching helps to keep my practice working, as in a small campus where we all are learning from each other, developing feedback loops.”,
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Cangkirku, Kehidupan yang Kedua

Bangunan dengan atap meliuk – liuk ini adalah bangunan dengan struktur panggung yang terbuat dari konstruksi bambu, dengan grid 5.0 m dan 4.0 m untuk mengakomodasi fungsi ruang perpustakaan, kamar tidur, dan ruang pertemuan. Strukturnya seperti bentuk kupu – kupu atau kepakan sayap burung yang dielaborasi dari proyek Alfa Omega. Balok bambu dikakukan dengan dagu – dagu (pengkaku), sementara kolom duduk di atas umpak batu kali yang dihubungkan dengan konstruksi bambu sebagai pelataran di lantai dasar.

Bangunan dengan atap meliuk – liuk ini adalah bangunan dengan struktur panggung yang terbuat dari konstruksi bambu, dengan grid 5.0 m dan 4.0 m untuk mengakomodasi fungsi ruang perpustakaan, kamar tidur, dan ruang pertemuan. Strukturnya seperti bentuk kupu – kupu atau kepakan sayap burung yang dielaborasi dari proyek Alfa Omega.
Balok bambu dikakukan dengan dagu – dagu (pengkaku), sementara kolom duduk di atas umpak batu kali yang dihubungkan dengan konstruksi bambu sebagai pelataran di lantai dasar.

Bentuk – bentuk melengkung ini sebenarnya pernah saya elaborasi di dalam Kampono (Dancer) House sebelumnya di dalam konstruksi beton dengan perhitungan terhadap sisi panas, angin yang mengalir di dalam desain massa – kulit bangunan sampai detail – detail yang lain. Dan, di balik permainan bentuk – bentuk melengkung yang muncul, ada logika kekuatan dan estetika yang terinspirasi dari bahasa alam.

Bentuk – bentuk melengkung ini sebenarnya pernah saya elaborasi di dalam Kampono (Dancer) House sebelumnya di dalam konstruksi beton dengan perhitungan terhadap sisi panas, angin yang mengalir di dalam desain massa – kulit bangunan sampai detail – detail yang lain. Dan, di balik permainan bentuk – bentuk melengkung yang muncul, ada logika kekuatan dan estetika yang terinspirasi dari bahasa alam.

Selain sisi tradisional yang ditonjolkan, sisi industri juga muncul dengan komposisi bentuk atap yang melengkung ditutupi dengan daun Nipah yang dikombinasikan dengan membran tahan air untuk atap.Membentuk Julang Ngapak sebagai bangunan vernakuler tradisional Jawa Barat. Balustrade bambu yang dilengkungkan dimainkan sebagai bentuk hiperboloid yang lebih kompleks, lebih kuat, dan lebih fleksibel serta menciptakan siluet gerakan alami burung atau pergerakan Kujang yang merupakan senjata tradisional dalam Tradisi Sunda.

Selain sisi tradisional yang ditonjolkan, sisi industri juga muncul dengan komposisi bentuk atap yang melengkung ditutupi dengan daun Nipah yang dikombinasikan dengan membran tahan air untuk atap.Membentuk Julang Ngapak sebagai bangunan vernakuler tradisional Jawa Barat.
Balustrade bambu yang dilengkungkan dimainkan sebagai bentuk hiperboloid yang lebih kompleks, lebih kuat, dan lebih fleksibel serta menciptakan siluet gerakan alami burung atau pergerakan Kujang yang merupakan senjata tradisional dalam Tradisi Sunda.

Pak Jatmiko adalah orang yang membantu saya melakukan supervisi ke bangunan inti di Piyandeling, dimana ia memberikan batas seberapa tinggi bangunan dengan konstruksi bambu ini bisa dibangun dengan aman. Pak Jatmiko dulu menemani kakek saya, dan ayah saya ke proyek. Ia juga adalah pengawas bangunan dari almarhum Han Awal, dan Teddy Boen (ahli gempa Indonesia). Dari Pak Jatmiko saya belajar bahwa setiap murid membutuhkan guru dan pelatih, seorang pelatih akan bisa melihat dengan sudut pandang yang berbeda. Sebegitunya kita membutuhkan waktu untuk berlatih setiap harinya. Di kasus saya berlatih ini erat kaitannya dengan berapa banyak masalah desain yang bisa kita pelajari dan pecahkan setiap harinya dan relasi dengan beliau dimana beliau bisa menjawab dengan kata “tidak” lalu saya mulai belajar menilai keadaan dengan diskusi lebih lanjut.

Pak Jatmiko adalah orang yang membantu saya melakukan supervisi ke bangunan inti di Piyandeling, dimana ia memberikan batas seberapa tinggi bangunan dengan konstruksi bambu ini bisa dibangun dengan aman. Pak Jatmiko dulu menemani kakek saya, dan ayah saya ke proyek. Ia juga adalah pengawas bangunan dari almarhum Han Awal, dan Teddy Boen (ahli gempa Indonesia). Dari Pak Jatmiko saya belajar bahwa setiap murid membutuhkan guru dan pelatih, seorang pelatih akan bisa melihat dengan sudut pandang yang berbeda. Sebegitunya kita membutuhkan waktu untuk berlatih setiap harinya. Di kasus saya berlatih ini erat kaitannya dengan berapa banyak masalah desain yang bisa kita pelajari dan pecahkan setiap harinya dan relasi dengan beliau dimana beliau bisa menjawab dengan kata “tidak” lalu saya mulai belajar menilai keadaan dengan diskusi lebih lanjut.

Saya kenal 2 orang pengrajin, pengrajin pertama pintar berbicara, mulutnya manis-kerjanya hanya di permukaan, terlihat manis – hanya estetika tempelan, apabila diminta memasang bata ia akan memasang bata dengan apik, namun terkadang lupa bahwa di balik bata tersebut ada pipa, perhitungannya hanya sebatas manis dilihat. Sedangkan pengrajin kedua tidak pandai berbicara namun pekerjaannya halus dan langkah – langkahnya bisa membuat proyek aman karena perhitungan yang mendalam tentang prosedur kerja dan detail tahapan kerja, kekuatan, tahan terhadap air, cuaca. Seiring dengan perjalanan saya berkembang di dalam praktik, detail – detail yang saya pikirkan bertransformasi di dalam pertemuan dengan banyak pengrajin. Termasuk pertemuan dengan pengrajin pertama, saya belajar untuk susunan yang terlihat manis, sebuah kualitas yang literal. Dan, dengan pengrajin kedua saya belajar untuk masuk ke kualitas yang esensial. Kedua pola pikir diperlukan untuk bisa bermain di integrasi disiplin (MEP, Struktur, Arsitektural). Saya menyebut detail transformatif ini ke dalam detail yang berkelanjutan.

… pertemuan dengan pengrajin pertama, saya belajar untuk susunan yang terlihat manis, sebuah kualitas yang literal. Dan, dengan pengrajin kedua saya belajar untuk masuk ke kualitas yang esensial. Kedua pola pikir diperlukan untuk bisa bermain di integrasi disiplin (MEP, Struktur, Arsitektural). Saya menyebut detail transformatif ini ke dalam detail yang berkelanjutan.

Terkadang setiap 2 minggu saya berulang kali ke Piyandeling untuk memikirkan ulang detail – detail selanjutnya termasuk penggabungan detail tradisional dan industrial. Di tempat ini saya melepaskan diri sejenak dari rutinitas dan masuk di dalam dunia fantasi Piyandeling. Arsitektur memiliki kekuatan maha dahsyat untuk membuat orang mengingat pengalaman ruang yang menjadi kenangan membekas.

Terkadang setiap 2 minggu saya berulang kali ke Piyandeling untuk memikirkan ulang detail – detail selanjutnya termasuk penggabungan detail tradisional dan industrial. Di tempat ini saya melepaskan diri sejenak dari rutinitas dan masuk di dalam dunia fantasi Piyandeling. Arsitektur memiliki kekuatan maha dahsyat untuk membuat orang mengingat pengalaman ruang yang menjadi kenangan membekas.

Pada akhirnya saya sadar, seperti halnya seorang manusia yang seakan-akan memiliki dua kehidupan. Kehidupan pertama dimulai ketiga manusia tersebut berusaha menggapai banyak hal, berjuang di tengah – tengah keterbatasan sampai dirinya merasa cukup. Saya merasa perjalanan suka – duka berpraktik lekat dengan perjuangan di tahap ini.

Dan sebenarnya, kehidupan kedua dimulai ketika, dirinya sadar bahwa ia hanya punya satu kehidupan. Dari situlah saya belajar mengenai fokus dan kebahagiaan sebenarnya sehingga saya tidak merasakan apapun lagi.

Tiba – tiba ada sapaan yang hangat dari belakang.

“Mau minum pak ? satu pengrajin menawarkan kopi dengan cangkir terbuat dari bambu.”

“Terima kasih pak untuk cangkir, kopi, dan perjalanannya bersama – sama.” ini Cangkir kedua saya, puji Tuhan.

Pada akhirnya saya sadar, seperti halnya seorang manusia yang seakan-akan memiliki dua kehidupan. Kehidupan pertama dimulai ketiga manusia tersebut berusaha menggapai banyak hal, berjuang di tengah – tengah keterbatasan sampai dirinya merasa cukup. Saya merasa perjalanan suka – duka berpraktik lekat dengan perjuangan di tahap ini.

Dan sebenarnya, kehidupan kedua dimulai ketika, dirinya sadar bahwa ia hanya punya satu kehidupan. Dari situlah saya belajar mengenai fokus dan kebahagiaan sebenarnya sehingga saya tidak merasakan apapun lagi.
Tiba – tiba ada sapaan yang hangat dari belakang.
“Mau minum pak ? satu pengrajin menawarkan kopi dengan cangkir terbuat dari bambu.”

Translation :

Title : Second Cup of My Life

The building with a twisting roof is a building with a stilt structure made of bamboo construction, with a grid of 5.0 m and 4.0 m to accommodate the functions of the library room, bedroom and meeting room. The structure is like the shape of a butterfly or the flapping of a bird’s wing which is elaborated from the Alfa Omega project. Bamboo blocks are stiffened with chin – chin (stiffeners), while the column sits on a river stone pedestal connected by a bamboo construction as a platform on the ground floor. I actually elaborated these curved shapes in the previous Kampono (Dancer) House in concrete construction by calculating the hot side, the wind that flows in the mass design – the skin of the building to other details. And, behind the game of curvy shapes that appear, there is a logic of strength and aesthetics inspired by the language of nature. Apart from the traditional side that is highlighted, the industrial side also appears with the composition of the curved roof shape covered with Nipah leaves combined with a waterproof membrane for the roof. Forming the Julang Ngapak as a traditional West Javanese vernacular building. The curved bamboo balustrade is played as a hyperboloid form that is more complex, stronger and more flexible and creates silhouettes of natural bird movements or kujang movements which are traditional weapons in Sundanese Tradition.

Pak Jatmiko is the person who helps me supervise the main building in Piyandeling, where he provides a limit on how high a building with bamboo construction can be built safely. Pak Jatmiko used to accompany my grandfather, and my father to projects. He was also the building supervisor of the late Han Awal, and Teddy Boen (Indonesian seismologist). From Pak Jatmiko I learned that every student needs a teacher and a trainer, a trainer will be able to see it from a different point of view. In fact, we need time to practice every day. In my case this practice is closely related to how many design problems we can learn and solve every day and the relationship with him where he can answer with the word “no” then I start to learn to assess the situation with further discussion.

I know 2 craftsmen, the first craftsman is good at talking, his mouth is sweet – he works only on the surface, looks cute – just a sticky aesthetic, when asked to install a brick he will put the brick neatly, but sometimes forgets that there is a pipe behind the brick, the calculation is as sweet as seen. Meanwhile, the second craftsman is not very good at talking, but the work is smooth and the steps can make the project safe because of in-depth calculations of work procedures and details of work stages, strength, resistance to water, weather. As I progressed in practice, the details I had in mind were transformed in the meetings with many craftsmen. Including meeting the first craftsman, I studied for a cute looking array, a literal quality. And, with the second craftsman I learned to get into the essential qualities. Both mindsets are needed to be able to play in the integration of disciplines (MEP, Structure, Architecture). I call this transformative detail into continuous detail

Sometimes every 2 weeks I repeatedly go to Piyandeling to rethink the next details including a mix of traditional and industrial details. In this place, I took a break from my routine and entered the fantasy world of Piyandeling. Architecture has the immense power to make people remember the experience of space that has become a lasting memory. In the end I realized, like a human who seems to have two lives. The first life started by the three humans trying to achieve many things, struggling in the midst of limitations until they feel enough. I feel that the journey of joy and sorrow is closely related to the struggle at this stage. And in fact, the second life begins when, he realizes that he only has one life. From there I learned about true focus and happiness so that I didn’t feel anything anymore.

Suddenly there was a warm greeting from behind. “Want to drink, sir? One craftsman offers coffee with a cup made of bamboo.”

“Thank you sir for the cup, coffee and the trip together.” this is my second cup, thank God.