Inside Mark #44

Adi Purnomo. Photo: Mónica Carriço

Mark #44 hit the shelves this month! Here’s a sneak peek into the issue’s Perspective.

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.

Two extensive portraits by Bert de Muynck follow Wicaksono’s introduction. While the first reveals ‘a well kept secret in the architecture world’ – Andra Matin, who is widely recognised in the country as being at the forefront of a generation – the second looks at the work of Adi Purnomo of Mamo Studio 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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