On the Characteristics of Contemporary Indonesian Architects

We believe that the tropical modernism architecture that now we are thinking about can become one of the movements of 21st-century architecture that will redefine 20th-century modernist architecture.

About contemporary architecture in Indonesia, in the magazine of Kenchiku Journal No.1252, May 2016 , “Tropical Modern in Indonesia,” architectural historian Mr. Taro Igarashi states:

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It is an architecture that uniquely develops modernism by taking advantage of the mild climate. Semi-outdoor rooms that cannot be completely enclosed, and fully open spaces are not uncommon. These are elements of architecture invented by modernism. A space with only frames and slabs without walls is like Le Corbusier’s domino. The roof garden was a place for sunbathing and healthy exercise, and the piloti separated the architecture from the earth, brought about free movement, and demonstrated the principle of form that does not rely on walls. In Indonesia, it goes even further. It has applications unimaginable in Europe, where it originated.”

While there is a movement to further improve the performance of highly airtight and highly insulated box-type buildings in modern Japan’s housing policy, the fully open architecture type developed in Southeast Asia such as Indonesia will further develop and spread worldwide. In the future, it is expected to become a new building type that is compatible with global warming, declining population, and aging society in the developed country of the world.

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