Interview: Yu Sing from Studio Akanoma

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Small House, Big Heart

Interview by Anton Adianto | Photo by Yu Sing Doc.

The bigger picture often is conceptualized from the smallest and simplest heartfelt ideas. In the world of architecture, Yu Sing is known as an architect with deep concern for the middle to lower income groups within our society. Unlike most architects who are often associated with glamorous and lavish designs, this graduate of Bandung Institute of Technology dedicates his time to design small and low-cost houses. In his office, studio akanoma, which is located in Desa Laksana Mekar (inside the remote area of Padalarang) the man who admires the legendary Indonesian architect Y.B. Mangunwijaya speaks to Anton Adianto of Indonesia Design about his dream of creating affordable and comfortable houses for all Indonesian people.

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This article was published in the Indonesia Design magazine (59th Edition) in 2014.

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Rumah Bayangan, Semarang

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As the Shadows Fall

Story by Anton Adianto | Photo by Nicolas Hilmydya

When rays of the sun shined through between rustling leaves in the garden, Yu Sing, an architect with a penchant for using local materials, got a beautiful inspirational vision for a cozy living space. In the heart of Semarang, a city replete with historical, colonial-era buildings, he placed a singular, small structure which was later turned into a bed and breakfast guesthouse.

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This article was published in the Indonesia Design magazine (59th Edition) in 2014.

Black Building Cihampelas Walk, Bandung

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Black Beauty

Story by Anton Adianto | Photo by PT Duta Cermat Mandiri (Denton Corker Marshall Jakarta)

The black building is located in the open air area of Cihampelas Walk (Ciwalk), Bandung, and is a part of the second stage development of its 2 hectare commercial area. Washed in black, the building is somewhat reminiscent of Batman’s mask, with its very dynamic curved shape that follows the snaking and twisting paths of Ciwalk’s master plan, created to complete the second phase of the area that is designed by Duta Cermat Mandiri (DCM), one of the most renowned architecture consultants in Indonesia.

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This article was published in the Indonesia Design magazine (59th Edition) in 2014.

Bumi Serpong Damai House, Tangerang

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Small Wonder

Story by Anton Adianto | Photo by Atelier Riri (Richard Salampessy, Riri Yakub, Fernando Gomulya)

We are probably familiar with this following philosophy, “a home is built with love and dreams.” But there is also a popular saying about a house which is more realistic, “a house is made of walls and beams.” Although both are true, they are contradictive in nature. Yet there are a great deal of architects out there who have managed to create a comfortable house for its owner through the use of natural elements, shrewd choice of materials and other technical aspects. One example of this is a small-scale homey house in Bumi Serpong Damai, Tangerang, which benefits from the optimal use of a rather small, hook-located site.

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This article was published in the Indonesia Design magazine (59th Edition) in 2014.

Education City Qatar, Doha

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Story by Anton Adianto | Photo by Yona Schley (Legorreta + Legorreta)

All deserts are almost always identical with heat, aridity and extreme weather conditions. In her book “Dreams of the Compass Rose,” famed Russian-born American writer Vera Nazarian comments on the dreadful condition of this barren landscape. One of the quotes from the book reads, “In the desert, the only God is a well.” Yet Qatar, a country located on the Arab Peninsula, refuses to succumb to the harsh climate of the land. Aided by the government’s directives, the country strives to maximize its development, including constructing a spectacular education project that spans a sprawling 14 sqkm. Built in 2000, the mega project is called Education City.

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This article was published in the Indonesia Design magazine (58th Edition) in 2014.

The Variety of Indonesian Patterns

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The Variety of Indonesian Patterns

Story by Anton Adianto

It is not surprising that the diversity of Indonesia presents an assortment of cultural riches. This has happened since hundreds of years ago, even before the country gained its independence. In essence, the Indonesian culture is a mixture of national culture, local culture and foreign culture which have been around even before 1945.

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This article was published in the Indonesia Design magazine (58th Edition) in 2014.

GMT Institute of Property Management, Jakarta

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Make It or Brick It

Story by Anton Adianto | Photo by PHL Doc.

Which one is more valuable, exotic outer beauty or serene inner beauty? If you find it hard to make a choice, then you should see the building of GMT Institute of Property Management in Central Jakarta, which is blessed with both traits. It is all a result of
a groundbreaking, yet simple idea which is combined with creativity and remarkable bravado.

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This article was published in the Indonesia Design magazine (58th Edition) in 2014.