The Summer Edition
Among the line-up of features in this issue that you can enjoy from the comfort of your armchair are the latest happenings from Semarang, Singapore, Jakarta and Seoul — and that’s just our Dossier section. Also, don’t miss the excerpt of an interview with legendary Japanese designer Kenya Hara. You’ll find the rest of the conversation on our website.
We’re excited to report on the growing trend — of which we wholeheartedly approve — of heritage properties in China being restored and redeveloped into luxury hotels, from villa homes in Jiangxi province relocated to the outskirts of Shanghai to a 1960s sugar mill that’s been converted into a riverside retreat in Yangshuo, and more.
Speaking of restorations, our regular contributor Samantha Leese reports on a unique arts and culture project on the outskirts of Manila that has relocated a handful of historic buildings from another time to a charming seaside location, and Aaina Bhargava shares with us India’s first sculpture park in the province of Rajasthan — an area better known for camels and ancient forts than its art. And what would our summer issue be without a stellar line-up of homes? You’ll be booking tickets to Bali as soon as you see the Studio Jencquel project in Ubud, photographed by Edmon Leong. Aside from the Ubud retreat, we hope you enjoy the unique homes in Noosa, Los Angeles, Vũng Tàu and Hua Hin.
And finally, among our Architectonics features, we bring you a special report on the role architecture played in the early days of Bangladeshi statehood, as well as a look into how the modernist movement contributed to Hong Kong’s truly unique urban form.