BAZAAR ex­plores the no­tion of modern beauty with some of the world’s most bril­liant ar­chi­tects. By Emmilyn Yeoh.

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - The Culture -

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.”

Akat­suki Sa­mui’s open con­cept de­sign fuses the sim­plic­ity of Ja­panese architecture and lo­cal tra­di­tions

The earthy tones and nat­u­ral el­e­ments used are all put to­gether with flu­id­ity in mind

R Res­i­dence in Ja­pan is an ar­chi­tec­tural play of nat­u­ral light and open space

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