Uluwatu, a resort-inspired home in Bali’s iconic surf destination
This spectacular house, perched high on an Indonesian cliff, is where West meets East in a magical and seductive way, with views of the Indian Ocean and lush, mountainous terrain.
Located on Bali’s southern tip, where the Pura Luhur Uluwatu temple can also be found. Uluwatu is derived from the terms ulu, which means ‘end of the country,’ and watu, which means ‘rock.’ The Indian Ocean, as well as the numerous cliffs, are the closest neighbors, therefore this accurately depicts the location. It is recognized as a surfer’s paradise and features some of Bali’s nicest beaches.
The residence is surrounded by nature.
Because the enormous mansion is perched high on a cliff, the horizon appears to go on indefinitely. Building a house in such a unique site was a unique challenge for the architectural firm SAOTA. The location alone is the size of a small town, and the house’s dimensions have to be resort-sized. At the same time, the owners desired a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
With a climate like Bali’s, much of life takes place outside, thus as much space as possible was opened up to allow outdoor and indoor spaces to blend together. The architectural team aimed to combine nature and architecture into a stunning ensemble, drawing inspiration from abandoned places where vegetation often takes over and practically becomes part of the ruins.
The owners also desired a home that was built with utmost regard for Bali’s natural and cultural heritage. As a result, materials and construction techniques native to the island were heavily utilized. As a result, the sound of running water and swaying palm palms greet you as you approach the house. The house, on the other hand, has a straightforward design thanks to its monolithic, stone-clad walls.
The entrance is strategically located in the middle of the home to make it easy to observe. There is a covered terrace and a huge living room and sitting area with kitchen.
The entire layout of the house is based on’scales,’ with the idea that you will be many at times and few at others, and that the space should accommodate both. A sense of privacy is provided by the placement of modest apartments on the sides.
Several tiny patios and terraces surround the house, all encouraging you to relax and meditate. As you go around the narrow corridors that nearly form a labyrinth between nature and architecture, you can hear the waves and the wind rustling in the palm trees. The setting is definitely unclassifiable, inspired by the tranquility of temples and contemporary architecture. The house’s architecture has a lightness and beauty that you identify with Bali.
The thread of crimson
For example, in the huge lounge area, an attempt has been made to create an environment reminiscent of Balinese huts or pavilions, with both lovely light and spots where you can retreat and simply relax away from the intense sunlight. The huge living area’s ceiling provides drama and edge to the space. The travertine floors were chosen with care and complement the décor perfectly.
In every sense, the house and yard are pristine, but with a hint of elegance. The interior was designed by Italian Molteni&C, whose basic, modern, and elegant design provides a new depth to the property. Several of Molteni&C’s designers, including as Vincent Van Duysen, Rodolfo Dordoni, and Gio Ponti, were already favorites of the founders, and their style is reflected throughout the house.
The drapes and carpets are by JABAnstoetz of Germany, and the lighting is from Flos and Campana, among other brands. Everything, including Bali, was chosen with an eye on detail and a love of aesthetics.
Indonesian island of Bali