The Jakarta Post
The nominated work is the Learning and Teaching Center (PKBM) Alfa Omega located in Salembaran, Tangerang, Banten. (pkbmalfaomega.sch.id/File)
Indonesian firm RAW Architecture has been nominated for a prize in the school building category of the World Architecture Festival 2018.
The nominated work is the Learning and Teaching Center (PKBM) Alfa Omega located in Salembaran, Tangerang, Banten.
In the school building category, RAW Architecture’s building will compete with nine others located in Australia, Iran, Singapore, Morocco, Japan, the United Kingdom and China.
RAW Architecture’s lead architect, Realrich Sjarief, told kompas.com that Alfa Omega stood below the ground level and was susceptible to floods. “So, we made some innovations that the World Architecture Festival committee might have found unique,” he said.
Realrich hopes this nomination can help promote Indonesian architects at the international level. “Some of the judges are famous architects. It can help boost exposure of Indonesian architects,” he said.
He added that this event could introduce local bamboo from Bogor and Sumedang as a building material. Bamboo’s flexibility is said to have the ability to strengthen a building’s structure and requires minimal upkeep.
In total, 530 projects from 57 countries were nominated at the festival. Other categories include offices, residential buildings and experimental design.
The selection phase will be held in Amsterdam on Nov. 29. (iru/kes)