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BluPrint Volume 4

BluPrint Magazine is the first and only local sourcebook in local and international architecture, interior design, industrial design and the allied arts, which delivers significant design trends through stunning visuals and engaging writing.

6 Issues

in this issue

3 min
beauty in honesty

Why an issue dedicated to raw concrete you ask? What about this humble and commonplace material merits an entire magazine’s worth of content? As it turns out, a lot, basing on the wide spectrum of stories and insights we were able to gather across the region. Raw concrete is clearly experiencing a renaissance of sorts in recent years, with an increasing number of architects eager to revisit and explore the possibilities offered by this versatile finish. Many architecture fans and observers are eager to sound the horns and point to a return of Brutalism, that polarizing architectural style known for its copious concrete usage and hulking, voluminous forms. So, the question still stands: why this recent fascination with concrete and why now? Perhaps, the answer lies not with the material itself but…

2 min
timeless elegance

As the leading company in superior kitchen interior design, SieMatic continues to set the standards of world-class kitchens. Outstanding design, durable quality, and a high level of functionality meet personal taste in every SieMatic kitchen. For 90 years, the brand has delivered what people desire the most: something that brings delight everyday. To celebrate its 90th anniversary, SieMatic looks back on its heritage of innovation while upholding its insignia for timeless elegance. The brand continues to devise better designs, developing kitchens that don’t follow short-lived trends but continue to stay relevant over the course of decades. This reflects years of successful growth that can undoubtedly be attributed to the guiding principle of the company’s founder, August Siekmann: “Always ask yourself how we can make it better.” This philosophy remains the basis…

10 min
brut force

Willis Kusuma’s body of work is populated by sharp, angular volumes and dark, tactile textures. For over three years, he honed his skills under the tutelage of infamous New York Five member and champion of the color white, Richard Meier. “Working for Meier taught me the importance of materiality and consistency in designing spaces. His penchant for the color white brings out what truly are the defining attributes of his work: compositional balance, a play on voids and volumes, precise, anchored lines, and finally, the use of light as material.” When Kusuma left Meier and moved back to Jakarta, he put the lessons learned to good use, as well as usage of the color white. He then came to a realization that would trigger a new phase of material exploration. “Jakarta,…

9 min
windows over windows

Puncak Templer or Templer Peak just outside of Kuala Lumpur is one of the loveliest sites on which to build a home. It is located on the fringe of Templer Park, 1200 hectares of forest reserve, home to the rare Hopea subalata tree, an endangered antelope called the Sumatran serow, and other threatened wildlife including the hawk-cuckoo, crested serpent eagle, spine-jawed snake, and the Malaysian crested lizard. The government made picnic grounds, fishing spots, and jungle trails available to tourists and families, so people might enjoy Templer Park’s tropical forest, multi-tiered waterfalls, and streams. Not interested To Cherng Yih Lee’s surprise, his clients who bought an 800-square meter lot at the upscale landed housing estate weren’t interested in the forest at the back of their property. Trekking and picnicking weren’t their thing.…

7 min
stark beauty

Not many architects consider structure as a form-giver. Many regard it instead as a form-follower. As one architect told me, he designs the form, and the structural engineer finds the way to hold the architecture up. For a senior layperson like me, that’s a startlingly fragmented way of thinking, considering only three generations ago, our master-builders or maestros served all three roles of architect, engineer, and builder. On the other hand, I grew up in a time when structural walls, bracing, columns, and beams were always concealed by plaster cladding and ceilings—people didn’t care to see a building’s guts and bones—so this may have contributed to the perception that structure has little to do with enhancing and experiencing architecture. It’s fascinating to see where changes in taste will take people’s perception…

8 min
ray of light and rainwater

“Float. An element does not float. It must be on its own. Is this glazed? No.” John Bulcock, the principal designer of Design Unit Architects, reads aloud the scribbles on one of many sketches he made mulling over the design of Suryamzhu House. The sketch was a gift to the owner of the house, framed and displayed on a side table in the living pavilion. “I talk to myself, you see. Here, it says: ‘Wall doesn’t touch.’ So this wall doesn’t touch the ceiling. It must be on its own. It’s related to the house but a separate element. The water is there to let it float away from that part of the house.” ‘Float away’ is an apt description of Bulcock’s intent, as the living pavilion, which carries the dining room,…