Realrich Architecture Workshop

Realrich Architecture Workshop


  • Practice: Realrich Architecture Workshop
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  • Firm Location: Jakarta
  • Country: Indonesia
  • Year: 2011

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Realrich Sjarief

Realrich Sjarief established Realrich Architecture Workshop in 2011. RAW (Realrich Architecture Workshop) is active in designing specific approach building which has an interest in locality and craftsmanship to define an architecture which is simple, humble, has no pretension, and has a quality of transcendence. RAW projects strive for the uniqueness and humble character of local materials. The idea of RAW is that every building which developed wholeheartedly will create such a timeless, surreal, and mastery quality in its simplest form, simplest approach.

Realrich reestablished the long history of craftsmanship in his builder’s family that has been lasted for 3 generations, 60 years of practice since Indonesia Independence. At that time the practice has no name. The relationship between the supervisors and labors was intimate and personal to service some clients. The practice is well known for trust, quality, and authentic design innovation in the mastery of building construction in Indonesia. RAW revived the idea of a harmonic relationship between the craftsman, designer, people, and buildings as a whole. RAW has become the manifestation of this belief.

Practice Ideology

RAW is in the midst of an information technology era that promotes efficiency and simplification of building technology in all aspects of the industry, including Architecture. However, there is still old wisdom that can teach us about the building technology of the past. This old wisdom is more grassroots; it is an understanding that to design and build something out of the land, you need to understand the root of the land. This concept explores how architecture should be tested by the optimization of local resources, building technology, and the Implementation method, which together build the structure of local genius.

The studio explores the root and progression of the social structure that cultivates the building tradition, manifested in generations of traditional Craftspeople. It is not limited to the debate of how we should preserve the form of modern architecture, but rather discusses the evolution of future architecture with the spirit of modern architecture by the introduction of a model of craftsmanship – a total adaptation of craftspeople, architect, builder and client into a holistic Ecosystem.

In 2018 and 2019 Realrich Architecture Workshop recently is also nominated as the world’s emerging architect in Dezeen award and won high commendations on Alfa Omega project. In 2018 and 2019 Recently Alfa Omega is nominated for two prestigious awards, World Architecture Festival in Amsterdam, and Fibre Award led by Laetitia Fontaine and Dominique Gauzin-Muller.

In 2012, RAW Architecture’s work, Bare Minimalist was nominated for the Indonesian Institute of Architects Jakarta Award. In 2015, the National Gallery of Indonesia was nominated for the Indonesian Institute of Architects Jakarta Recognition Award, continuously Akanaka is nominated for the Indonesian Institute of Architects Jakarta Award 2017 and OMAH Library won the Indonesian Institute of Architects Jakarta Award 2017.

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