Michele Koh Morollo talks to the Singapore-based architect about the importance of branching out.
6 October, 2011
Antonio Eraso, founder of Antonio Eraso Co. believes that Zen-like focus and constant reinvention is the key to survival in an increasingly competitive design market. Aside from architecture, Eraso collaborates with firms around the world on large-scale masterplans, infrastructure and interior design projects and occasionally devises marketing strategies for his clients.
“We take time to understand challenges, avoid formulaic solutions and survive in a cost-oriented environment without compromising on integrity. To quote Einstein, ’Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving’.”
Formerly a senior associate with Tsao & Taso McKown Architects in New York City, Eraso first came to Singapore in 1991 to oversee the development of Suntec City. He took a year’s sabbatical and travelled around the world then returned to Singapore in 2002 where he opened his own practice.
His works include a stunning renovated residence on Swiss Club Road and the interior for Jing Restaurant in Singapore, as well as the showflat for the soon to be launched Acadia Residensi boutique condominium in Kuala Lumpur.
“We act within a very contemporary context so we’re often classified as modern or minimalist, but I like to think of ourselves as reductionists. We create the envelope so that those who live or work in the spaces we construct can do their own styling if they wish.”
His team is currently working on a sustainable retreat destination in Bhutan steered by private entrepreneurs. This project includes a comprehensive reconstruction of an ancient monastery that houses Bhutanese youth. The plan will also include hospitality and leisure facilities for travellers.
“It will be the definitive premium wellness destination for wellness seekers in Asia and the world, but I’m afraid that is all I can tell you for now.”
Antonio Eraso Co.
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