Conical houses of ‘worok’ wood and bamboo in tied- together rattan construction with thatched roofs are the archetypal buildings of this remote island village but they need to be constantly renovated and, at greater intervals, rebuilt. A group of young Indonesian architects in the habit of touring a part of Indonesia each year arrived to find that, in this village, two of the structures were in need of renovation. Symbols of unity in the family and the community, the houses represent a living culture; the villagers are guardians of this culture but the necessary building skills, having traditionally been handed down from generation to generation, had faded from memory. The architects initiated and facilitated a community-led revival of traditional techniques enabling all the original houses to be rebuilt. This role was opened up to include university students who both participated in and documented this architectural preservation and cultural conservation project and continue to do so annually.
Mostafavi, Mohsen, editor. Architecture is Life. Zurich: Lars Muller Publishers, 2013.
This book focuses on the unfolding of the qualities that connect
architecture and life. It highlights a series of buildings and projects located
within a diversity of cultures and geographies that make a significant
contribution to the understanding of our values and to the daily lives buildings
of their users.
The selected projects – shortlisted and premiated by the Aga
Khan Award for Architecture in its 12th
Cycle – address a variety of functions at a diversity of scales, from
residential to institutional, from public space to infrastructure. The ethos of
these projects is consistent with that of the Award: they all place an emphasis
onthe importance of design as an indispensable component of social
Essays by internationally recognised practitioners and
scholars address the broader context of contemporary architectural practice
with special reference to Muslim communities and geographies.
Source: Lars Muller Publishers and Aga Khan Award for Architecture