Architecture of the Archipelago: Andra Matin brings
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As the first Indonesian architect to be invited to showcase his work at the Venice Architecture Biennale, Andra Matin did contemplate using the platform to show off his own spectacular designs to coincide with his 20 years as an architect.
Rather, he hit on a unifying feature common not only his own architecture, but also in the designs of traditional Indonesian homes, highlighting the variety, ingenuity and beauty of traditional dwellings.
“I am very proud of Indonesia’s vernacular architecture and I feel that its rich architectural history is very important […] I wanted to interpret how a person experiences a space, not only from my point of view, but to experience it in a way that showcases Indonesia’s architecture,” he told The Jakarta Post.
This unifying feature is elevation; more specifically the use of stilts or pillars to raise a building o…