BAZAAR explores the notion of modern beauty with some of the world’s most brilliant architects. By Emmilyn Yeoh.
Riccardo Tossani Architecture, Japan Agreeing that architecture possesses the power to influence the way we see beauty, Tossani likens his work to a musical instrument. “I begin by listening to what the site tells me. These ‘sounds’ ultimately become the chord structure of the ‘song’ that is its architecture.” He continues, “This ‘orchestration’ is then enhanced with clients’ aspirations, my personal interpretation of the structure, layers of sustainable technology, and key elements such as textures, light, and the views on the outside.”
Along with his chief interior designer Atsuko Itoda, Tossani’s practice in Japan draws on the principle of timeless architecture and transfers it into something environmentally chic. The creative duo is on an urban designing mission to make a noble mark. “I would like people who experience my work to feel touched profoundly, to experience something uplifting, and to come away with a more optimistic view of the world, and its possibilities. I want visitors to leave with good memories, and a sincere desire to experience it again.” Andra Matin Architects, Indonesia “Beauty is about what’s inside.” These are renowned Indonesian architect Andra Matin’s words on modern allure. With the belief that architecture holds its designation as the “mother of all arts”, Matin plays on shadows, the sensitive use of space, and a clean aesthetic. “These are the fundamentals of realising an empty site’s full potential. Start from the basics and interpret the object to your own context,” he says.
Aside from travelling in search of new intriguing ideas, he credits the nature and culture of Indonesia as his biggest source of inspiration. His latest project, the Katamama boutique hotel, is a true testament to his aesthetic. “To appreciate architectural beauty is to simply be there. You could see, hear, smell, and touch it.”
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