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Aboday Firmness in Design & Intuition

  • Dylan Amirio

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Thu, December 7 2017 | 01:41 am
Aboday Firmness in Design & Intuition     Out of the box: The owners of Sentul Cliff houses intend to put these houses on the market as vacation homes, complete with a pool, open space and a rooftop area for parties.(Courtesy of aboday.com/Happy Lim)" width="778" height="473" border="0">Out of the box: The owners of Sentul Cliff houses intend to put these houses on the market as vacation homes, complete with a pool, open space and a rooftop area for parties.(Courtesy of aboday.com/Happy Lim)

Challenging the usual norms of architecture, Indonesian architectural bureau Aboday has published its second book, Firmitas, partly as a way to encourage budding architects to trust their intuition and experience more when designing.

Published by Griya Kreasi, Firmitas is basically a collection of Aboday architects’ personal experiences during their work, sprinkling throughout the colorful paperback their trade secrets, material choices and their navigation through the sometimes rigid design rules of the Indonesian architectural scene.

Aboday architect and co-writer of Firmitas Ary Indra describes the book as one that is more accessible to readers and architectural students, compared to the book that Aboday released in 2013, Fame, Fortune, Flirt, which was in the form of a monographed, coffee-table book that was relatively pricy and therefore somewhat exclusive.

A focus in the book’s content is the group’s willingness not to preach the relatively general teachings that are usually already taught in university.

Ary himself feels that architecture courses in universities tend to be devoid of experiential teaching, focusing rather on the same general basics of architecture taught for years.

“Content wise, the book is more informed compared to the first book. We purposefully put in strategies and explanations on how to actually design good rooms, based on experience. Basically, rules that sometimes are not taught by architecture classes. I don’t think I learned as much about architecture in university as I do in the field today,” he said during the launch of Firmitas in Plaza Senayan, South Jakarta recently.

The book details up to 20 finished projects and 13 projects currently in progress, explained in conjunction with Aboday’s development, growth and ideas that it has cultivated in its 11-year operational history.

Blueprints of apartment block lobbies, malls and tall office buildings in several locations in Indonesia are presented in detail accompanied with Aboday’s personal approaches, typical material usage and design standards laid out in the explanations.

Some of the book’s insights include how to properly design fire escapes in buildings, at what appropriate distances and sizes to ensure maximum effectiveness, and how far tall buildings should be properly distanced in order to fit a particular area’s density.

Work of art: Because hotels are temporary residents, Artotel Jakarta aims to stand out, adding a special emotional value to the space. (Courtesy of aboday.com)

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