Five in Five Bedmar & Shi

5 in Five - BEDMaR & Shi

Reinventing Tradition in Contemporary Living

  1. Edited by Oscar Riera Ojeda
  2. Text by Darlene Smyth
  • ISBN 9780500290910
  • 22.90 x 22.90 cm
  • Flexibound with flaps
  • 464pp
  • Illustrated in colour throughout
  • First published 2013

In this captivating collection of five houses built in five different Asian-Pacific countries, Argentinian-born designer Ernesto Bedmar explores his fascination with traditional architectural styles and reinvents them for the contemporary world.


Using his deep understanding of the histories and building cultures of these regions, Bedmar seamlessly knits his designs into the environment of each site.

The five houses, located in India, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia and New Zealand, demonstrate the flexibility of the designer’s trademark tropical architecture and showcase a diverse set of modern forms that resonate deeply with the local landscape and make use of water as a unifying and harmonizing element.

The book contains a wealth of drawings and plans that detail the innovative construction techniques, and the resulting houses are captured in a breathtaking series of photographs showing the use of spaces and materials as well as the spectacular sites on which they sit.

India – Amrita Shergil Marg House
Thailand – Laemsingh Villas
Indonesia – Bukit Golf Utama House
New Zealand – Queenstown House
Singapore – Nassim Road House

Darlene Smyth writes widely on design and architecture, and runs her own design practice, DLab3. Albert Lim is an architectural photographer based in Singapore whose images have been published extensively in architectural journals worldwide.