Budi Pradono (Principal of Budi Pradono Architects)
Award-winning architect Budi Pradono studied architecture at Duta Wacana Christian University, Yogyakarta and at the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam. He established Budi Pradono Architects and Jakarta Digital Lab Foundation, a research-based architecture and urban design bureau, in 2005 after having worked in world-renowned firms including Beverley Garlick Architects in Australia and Kengo Kuma & Associates in Japan. His works have been exhibited around the world: at Maison&Objet, France, Venice Architecture Biennale and Milan Design Week in Italy; the AR Awards, UK, WAF in Spain, UIA in Japan, and also at AIA New York, US.
THE JOG HOUSE
Rattan woven walls are often seen in vernacular architecture across the archipelago. This material is well suited to our tropical climate, thanks to its pores that allow the walls to breath. Budi Pradono has taken advantage of this feature, using synthetic rattan provided by Byo Living, to give him specific benefits such as durability and ease of application.
Located in the village of Kleben, in Northern Yogyakarta, The Jog House is made up of several scattered buildings within the site that are brought together under a giant shell made of woven panels. The pores in the panels let fresh air into the “interior”, which also offers useful protection from excessive heat. The panels also reduce and regulate the amount of natural light coming inside, resulting in a magnificent lighting composition while the heritage look of the weaving highlights the geographical identity.
Heru M. Prasetyo (Principal of HMP Architects)
Founder of architecture and interior design firm HMP Architects, Heru Mudito Prasetyo, believes that design should hold some humane sense. Since 2007, the firm has been focusing on clients with specific functional needs, such as private offices, clinics, manufacturing and other commercial spaces. To cater for the specific needs of each project, Heru and his team deliver contextual, robust and affordable designs that focus on the user’s experience.
The Bandung-based dermatology clinic in Cilimanuk went through a rejuvenation that drew from local, elegant weaving techniques for a variety of interior furniture and adornments. Built in 2003, the exterior and interior of the building needed a refurbishment to create a bright and fresh ambience for visitors to the clinic. Infusing Sundanese culture into a modern design, Heru and his team picked weave as a theme that was applied to the furniture, the outside canopy and a range of decorative elements. For example, the light-colour toned relaxing chairs and the woven wall panels that are displayed against white walls are neatly contrasted with other furniture in darker shades. “We chose the woven panels to incorporate Indonesian culture within the overall ambience,” Heru says.
THE POWER HOUSE
Meanwhile, in Surabaya, a standalone electricity station namely the Power House exposes the subtle beauty of weaving without over-emphasising the bold identity of the building. HMP Architects developed woven panels to cover the façade of the building. Because the building generates high temperatures from the inside, it is crucial for the façade to be protected on the outside from solar radiation. Made of recycled plastic and industrial waste, the panels come in dark shades and provide natural ventilation between the panels and the building.