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SAOTA’s Bali Escape

An exclusive tour of SAOTA Architecture & Design?s recently completed resort-inspired home in Uluwatu, Bali

By Amy Saunders | July 8, 2019 | Architecture

Located high on a limestone cliff edge on the south‐western tip of Bali, SAOTA Architecture & Design created luxurious and modern resort‐inspired oasis.

Uluwatu is renowned for being home to some of the world’s best surfing beaches, steep, rocky cliffs and elevated ocean views.

The scale of this holiday home’s site allowed designers the space to accommodate a series of courtyards, gardens and other planted terraces within the architecture. The home opens up with a large palm‐lined entry courtyard and a grand staircase floating over a cascading water feature, creating a dramatic sense of arrival.

The central entrance is the arrival focal point where a lounge, dining room and covered terrace form the core of the home’s ‘porous’ design which proceeds to radiate outwards with planted courtyards and terraces that provide vast views. The entrance, pool terrace and western courtyard are balanced with intimately proportioned living spaces.

Aesthetically and stylistically, SAOTA took inspiration from Bali’s unique use of mass and lightweight elements in traditional and contemporary architecture. Throughout the house, the texture of the concrete and natural finishes such as local stone have been overlaid with distinctive timber-work.

Vertical screens, joinery and decorative metalwork, such as the faceted bronzed aluminium behind the bar and in the cigar lounge, enrich the raw materiality with thoughtful details.

High‐quality imported European furnishings and finishes introduce a sense of understated luxury with a contemporary take on pared‐back mid‐century design.

Photography: Adam Letch

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