Established in Jakarta by Andra Mattin in 1998, the studio is co-run with his associate, Avianti Armand. Starting small, with an office for a local graphic design consultant, Mattin and Armand and their team of 15 are now much in demand in Indonesia, with proposals for hotels, cultural centres, cafés and apartment buildings on the boards.
Surabaya Restaurant, external view
'We are influenced by what is happening in the present time; contemporary music, fashion, lifestyle,' explains Armand, 'because only through realising the present can we create something eternal.' They cite place and climate as key generators of their work, and try to breed what they hope is ingenious architecture out of everything they have to hand.
'It is always our intention to create architecture that will not only live in the present, but will become eternal,' says Armand. 'Our works are not about style,' he ventures, 'style only lives for a short period of time, but style-less is timeless.' Although they admit that 'people might consider our design as minimalism or modernism,' the studio maintains it has never tried to pigeonhole itself. The Winfred Hutabarat residence, completed late last year, is a grand house built for a young businessman. A naturally ventilated ground floor sits beneath a large, cantilevered structure containing bedrooms and the linear plan flows naturally through the site.