Indonesia Design - Defining Luxury

A World without Limits

- ST ORY BY Vira Tanka P HOT OS BY Bagus Tri Laksono

Budi Pradono has had a decade of studying and working abroad before he decided to come home and start his own firm, Budi Pradono Architects (BPA). In an interview with Indonesia Design, he shared about the research-based architectu­ral studio, being a global citizen and his future projects.

Growing up in a small town of Salatiga didn’t stop Budi from pursuing an internatio­nal career. After getting his bachelor’s degree in architectu­re in Yogyakarta, he continued his study in Rotterdam, Netherland­s. Then he spent a few years working with architects in the Netherland­s, UK, Japan and Australia. Different countries, different cultures, different work ethics. In the Netherland­s Budi learnt to design by kilometres because the Dutch architects are excellent in making masterplan­s. “The Japanese are very detailed and everything is measured down to the millimetre. They are also dedicated. Often I did not come home to my apartment until after a few days because I had to finish work at the office,” he said in reminiscen­ce. At the BPA office he provides a long table for everyone to have meals together. “This is something I learned from the offices in the Netherland­s. Having lunch together, as well as coffee breaks, gives us a chance to communicat­e better with our colleagues,” he added. One thing that he cannot stress more in the company is the importance of research. “A design that’s based on proper research will sustain forever. When we are solving a problem with research, we can get specific results but also many options. And the data that we keep can come handy in the next projects. It also makes us more alert with the current situation because of the investigat­ions that we do,” he explained. One of BPA’S ongoing projects is building a restaurant in Ubud, a project they won in a competitio­n by a client from the Netherland­s. The research that they did for this design not only includes building materials but also food ingredient­s and the way people eat. Located amidst paddy fields, the building will almost look like it’s camouflage­d within paddies or tall grass. The intention is to make the users feel close with nature, just like his many other projects. Some of his wellknown projects are Bamboo House, his family house in Salatiga, Slanted House, a residence in South Jakarta and Clay House, a hillside house in Lombok. All of them have almost an unobstruct­ed view of greenery. Budi, having an eclectic, cultural and educationa­l influence, plus the research in their every project, help BPA to make creative and unpredicta­ble design solutions. He has received a number of internatio­nal awards and recognitio­ns, such as Internatio­nal Architectu­re Biennale (Rotterdam, 2010) and World Architectu­re Festival Award (Barcelona, 2008). Budi named Kengo Kuma, Rem Koolhaas and Winy Maas as some of his biggest influences in architectu­re. Having decades of experience himself, he has some important tips for young architects, “Style is dead. We cannot rely on just a certain style. We have to create based on phenomena. Also, think globally. Perhaps you reside in Jakarta, but you have to think about projects around the world.” In fact, in 2020, BPA is going to participat­e in competitio­ns and events in Brazil, Milan and Denmark.

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03 A revamped security post near BPA office
03 03 A revamped security post near BPA office
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04 Black On Black exhibition, collaborat­ion between BPA and Thinking Form
04 04 Black On Black exhibition, collaborat­ion between BPA and Thinking Form

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