25 Tropical Houses in Indonesia offers a selection of the best contemporary architecture and interior design in the archipelago.
Architects working in Indonesia—and elsewhere in Southeast Asia—face the challenge not only of creating spaces to suit the lifestyles of their users but also of addressing the environmental and climatic problems associated with living in the tropics.
Featured in this book are twenty-five of the most innovative solutions to these challenges by some of Indonesia's foremost architects, among them Jeffrey Budiman and Andra Matin. Economic crises and political change within the country have inspired a new spirit of appreciation of modernist architecture and fostered a wave of architectural creativity which is distinctly Indonesian, lively, and refreshing.
Featured projects range from a new type of urban shop house to dramatic and flamboyant buildings emerging from the countryside. Drawing on classical Indonesian aesthetics and conventions and blending these with dynamic, cutting-edge design ideas, modern architecture in Indonesia has become dramatically aligned with international concepts of space, incorporating stunning local elements and materials.
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About the Author
Amir Sidharta is Curator/Director of the Museum Universitas Pelita Harapan, Lippo Karawaci, Tangerang, a center outside Jakarta for the study of Indonesian fine art, and Lecturer in Architecture at the university.
Amanda Achmadi, based in Jakarta and Stuttgart, works as a practicing architect and freelance writer. She contributed to Houses for the 21st Century.