23 Mar 2014
Located on the tip of Bali's Southern Peninsula at Ungasan, Bali, The villa sets out across 680m2 of private estate. The villa features 1 main building made up of foyer area, dining room, living room, library, master bedroom, and master bathroom; and another 3 secondary buildings made up of 2 guest rooms, and 1 multi-purpose building functioning as an entertainment area & fitness area. All of these 4 buildings are orientated facing towards a 25-meter infinity pool that unifies the whole estate area.
Based on the client brief, they demand a unique interior which derives from the client's cultural background, such as; European and Chinese influences whilst blending in with Bali's environment and the architectural contemporary characteristics. After some intensive research, we found a Balinese kingdom named Karang Asem where its architectural influences came from Europe and China as well. Therefore, some highlighted areas that we have chosen from Karang Asem kingdom, such as Taman Ujung building, Tirta Gangga, and Sebetan Village, strongly influence and inspire us in designing this villa.
Our concept is to take the palatial impression of Karang Asem kingdom into this villa by creating a proper sequences and processions in the interior.
The foyer is crucial to our concept, it prepares the mind of the guest before something exceptional behind being revealed to them. Since foyer is also a transitional space between outside (public) and inside (private), we want to bring a sense of tranquility in this area. Guest will firstly encounter a pathway leading them to a stretch of pond. This pathway will then shift into a peaceful pond area with stepping stones at the center that is inspired from Tirta Gangga. To achieve the calm ambience, we reduce the source of direct light.
As the guest approaching the final stepping stone, a statue of Bunga sekaten with Candi Bentar as the background will greet the guest as a sense of welcoming. Just before entering the villa, an engraved door with Gunungan Bali, a symbol of chapter opener in a Wayang performance, will formally indicate the guest that they are about to start a new journey into the villa.
The main corridor is shaped by the help of neatly-arranged existing & newly-built columns, as if the columns assisting the guest to a procession leading towards an uninterrupted spread of Indian Ocean laid out in astounding clarity. The elegance of this corridor reinforced by wall lamps mounted on each of colonial- influenced columns, strengthening the idea of column rhythm while wrapping a recessed ceiling which has Kamasan hand-painted treatments by some selected local artists.
Living Room (Tirta Wantilan)
After walking through the main corridor, the guest will finally reach the heart of the villa - the highest state of a procession. The living area's theme is Tirta Wantilan. Tirta means water, and Wantilan means gathering place/room; because the only barrier between the living room, the pond surround the living area, and the infinity pool that extends a clear view of the ocean is only frameless glass windows. We are inspired by blossoming Lotus flowers at Tirta Gangga, therefore the element of Lotus flowers are applied on carpet and coffee table design.
Dining Room (Padi Prada)
Located on the right side of the main corridor, the inspiration for dining room comes from goldish Subak paddy field at Sebetan Village. The chair are customized to shape like a bundle of tied paddy. A Chinese-influenced hanging lamp with dragonfly engraved detail dangling over the table recreating a warmth paddy field atmosphere on the Sebetan village.
Master Bedroom (Akasa)
Just like a palace, master bedroom is where the King and Queen reside. Thus, this room has the upmost luxurious design that is rich in details. In a king's and queen's chamber, the bed is the focal point of the room; therefore the design of the bed is inspired from a Chinese Opium bed which has a grand appearance. We re-arrange the position of the bed to face into a clear horizon (known as Akasa in Balinese language) while raising the lower base of the bed to maximize the viewing experience yet achieving a grander appearance.
In terms of material wise, natural resources that have elegancy and resort feeling are chosen. Some of the material being used are seashell, Brescia Sarda marble (marble with a wood grain look), and cream limestone with leather finish (which has similar look with Paras Bali stone, suitable for interior use).
This villa has become a small palace inspired by Karang Asem Kingdom, radiating the charm of old-world Balinese touch that blends with the contemporary of modern living.