Nelson Liaw: Every Curve Matters

By vira

The Jakarta-based Nelson Design Architect is a comprehensive architecture and interior design consultant firm with over a decade of experience specialising in 3D architectural design. The firm has catered to clients from diverse countries. Currently, their focus lies in crafting designs for high-end residences, buildings, and commercial spaces. In an interview with Indonesia Design, the founder and principal, Nelson Liaw, unveiled intriguing behind- the-scenes narratives about the recently completed project situated in North Jakarta.

What was the brief from the house owner?
The homeowner wanted a classic modern house that strikes a balance between traditional and contemporary styles— more timeless yet less intricate in detail. They required three bedrooms for their children, a master bedroom, a dining area, a pantry, a service area, along with additional rooms such as a lounge, a gym, and a modest rooftop space. Essentially, they sought simplicity, just like many other houses.

Your experience with classic designs, could you elaborate on this?
I’m adept at both classic and modern designs. As a designer, it’s crucial not to be self-centred; I collaborate with my clients to determine the level of detail they envision for their home. Once, I worked on a highly detailed Classic style where I balanced the intricacy by toning down the colours to achieve harmony.

What was the most challenging aspect of designing and constructing the house? How did you overcome it?
A Classic Modern design, like this project, demands meticulous attention due to its emphasis on proportions. Every element must find its precise placement and centring. Throughout the construction phase, regular site visits were imperative as an architect to ensure proper material handling. Dealing with luxury homes necessitates a wealth of knowledge and experience, particularly in material understanding. Moreover, ensuring symmetry across various aspects becomes pivotal.

Do you have other things about the house that you want to tell us?
Certainly, I’d like to highlight the wall panels. To mitigate termite-related issues, I opted for non-wood materials. Avoiding potential ‘eating’ of panels over the years was a priority. Thus, panelling and cupboards affixed to the walls were crafted from non- wood materials, specifically wood plastic composite. This choice guarantees enhanced durability, water and fire resistance, and ease of maintenance. It’s more expensive, but it’s safer too.

Lastly, if given the chance, what part of the project would you reconsider and how?
Design paradigms evolve every few years. To address your query, I’d strive to create a fresh design! I’ve never replicated my designs across projects. I always aim to have something new to explore. Even though Classic style already has its rules, you can explore the details. Even a small curve matters and can make a difference!

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