Legacy of a Lifetime
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With a passion for drawing, Erwin Hawawinata, started his journey to become an architect. Having an eye for detail has helped him to create great design. By Ria Iskandar
He remembers the precise moment he fell in love with architecture. Erwin Hawawinata was a mere kid who watched his architect uncle draw. Even his brother was so captivated by his uncle’s designs that he too became an architect. Hawawinata admits to Indonesia Tatler Homes that his family background became the ultimate reason why he also decided to study architecture. He graduated from the University of Parahyangan in Bandung, West Java. Hawawinata worked at one of the biggest furniture retail companies in Jakarta for ten years. It was in August of 2008 that he reunited with his college friend, Aji Warpani, and founded Hawawinata & Associates. As the saying goes: ”The rest is history.” The company has since then expanded with a few more members and many completed projects. It almost seems as if they have fine-tuned their idealism of infusing classic and colonial designs with modern concepts to perfection. Their projects over the years have included residential properties, offices, retail and commercial spaces. For Erwin Hawawinata this is just the beginning of his journey, as he keeps dreaming bigger and shares his thoughts with Indonesia Tatler Homes.
Indonesia Tatler Homes (ITH): When did you know you would like to be an architect?
Erwin Hawawinata (EH): It all started as a result of my family background. When I was a child, my uncle and my brother worked as architects. I always loved to watch them sketching and I always asked them to teach me how to draw like them. That unforgettable experience has molded me to become an architect.
ITH: What can you tell us about the beginning of Hawawinata & Associates?
EH: Basically, I had the same vision and passion as my architect partner, Aji Warpani. Before founding Hawawinata & Associates, both of us already worked as architects for a decade in deferent companies. We met up again and decided to collaborate and combine our skills and experiences. We also decided to not only concentrate on residential architecture, but also on interior design. Starting out with just the two of us, we have grown and already have quite a few senior architects in our team.
ITH: Tell us about the best day in your life as an architect?
EH: For me, everyday has its own interesting story. I always feel happy when my client feels satisfied.
ITH: What is your favourite element in design?
EH: Everything is in the details, especially when I’m conceptualizing my ideas while sketching them on paper.
ITH: How do you describe your style?
EH: Rich, bold and detailed.
ITH: Which project gave you the most satisfaction?
EH: For me every project has its own challenges and uniqueness. One unforgettable project, which gave me an adrenaline rush, was when I was chosen as one of the interior contractors for the High Courts of Malaysia.
ITH: What would be your dream project?
EH: I dream of designing an iconic building that could be recognized around the world and be enjoyed by the public. I want to show that our local architects and interior designers are capable of competing on an international scale.
ITH: How will you describe an ideal working space?
EH: An ideal working space is where the people are enjoying what they are doing individually while at the same time being connected, like a family unit, with other team members.
ITH: As an architect, do you actually read architecture and design magazines?
EH: Yes. The magazines are one of the tools of the trade that helps us to understand each and every project that gets featured. We also get inspired by the creativity and exposure, not only does it help us to form an opinion, but it also help us to learn and understand more about what is happening in the world of design.
ITH: What would you have become if you did not study architecture?
EH: Maybe I would have become a pastor and I studied at the Vatican - that was one of my dreams when I was a little boy.
“I have the same vision and passion with my architect partner, Aji Warpani”
– Erwin Hawawinata
(This Page) Erwin Hawawinata
(Opposite Page) clockwise from top: The residential hall design reflect luxury; The Europian style landscape for residential project; The living room with the stairs view; The kitchen yet dining area with white palettes dominated; A classy style became the iconic design from Hawawinata & Associates