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8. Interior Urbanism

Hamzah Al Asadulloh

I am an Indonesian designer with an interest in socially conscious design. 

I completed my undergraduate degree in Interior Design at Institut Teknologi Bandung in Indonesia. While working professionally as an interior designer for several years, I was recruited to the core interior design team for the revitalization of Indonesia’s premier airport Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. I continued my higher education at the RCA specializing in Interior Urbanism under the Interior Design program. 

I was featured, along with several team members, in various publications such as BCI’s Architecture @ showcasing upcoming architectural projects in Asia. I was involved in several architecture exhibitions while Bandung including Indonesialand 2016. My recent features include the RCA WIP Show 2020, the Kortrijk Creativity Week 2019, and RA Architecture



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School of Architecture

8. Interior Urbanism

My work is concerned with the way the city contains its inhabitants and, inversely, the way people inhabit the city. It explores a new typology that places people as the main component of the city and questions the existing infrastructures and power imbalance in place within the urban context. 

I also seek to consider the specifics in which the city could be liberated from spatial constrictions implemented by the ruling class. The result is a design scheme that defies capitalist notions of spatial ownership, an issue that is swiftly becoming more apparent in the London context. It is especially poignant in the era of COVID-19, in which public space has been proven to be essential to urban life. 

London's unique position as a global city with its palimpsestic density and boundless human stories has intrigued me on a visceral level. The fact that it is a global center for the art and design world has enriched my understanding of the industry in greater detail. I would love to work in such a fascinating city and make my mark here.

The Walking Directory

The experience of navigating through buildings on foot has become stressful and intense, inducing anxiety and other mental health problems. To counteract this urban tension, the Walking Directory provides respite and moments of calm, paired with shifting perspectives, allowing the act of walking to transform from one of stress to one of leisure and creativity. This project exaggerates the sense of movement through the city by extending desire lines, creating opportunities where people can move through spaces with contrasting atmospheres. Light and dark, wide and narrow, high and low—the Walking Directory makes pedestrians aware of their own physicality and sense of movement in and around public space.
cityDesiregardeninteriormobilityMovementpermeableporosityPublic Spacesightlineurbanwalking
Design strategy

Design strategy

The new pedway scheme

The main design strategy involves removing the existing glass walls of the entrance lobby to 22 Bishopsgate and allowing the city to become more porous. By reviving the London Pedway scheme, the site is connected with key destinations such as train stations and green spaces. The new network extends the majority of the Square Mile and, like the original scheme, penetrates through buildings and creates an entirely new mode of urban pedestrian movement. With the City of London's massive vertical development in the past few decades, moving public spaces upwards is a logical response to the new elevated platforms of the City.

North view

South view

On the walkways

Staurcase and garden entrance

Garden entrance

The Garden

The Garden

The project transforms the base of the City of London’s tallest skyscraper, 22 Bishopsgate, into an open public space devoted to stimulating new ways of exploring and navigating the city on foot. At its heart is a visitor center suspended above a lush garden with soaring ramps and walkways connecting different levels. The visitor center contains an information center, exhibition space, café, and bookshop that will support events such as Sculpture in the City and Open House. Below this, sunken into the ground, is a lush garden providing calm and serenity amidst the intensity of the tangle of routes that convey people in different directions.
The City is Looking
Collaging was a key method of investigation throughout the project by treating people and cities as a series of tactile layers. By working intuitively through found images, I explored various spatial configurations that were otherwise unattainable.

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