The river house is a five bedroom residential home located in Pererenan, Bali. Private spaces are grouped into a cubistic volume that seemingly hovers above the living rooms and the garden of the premises. An expansive pool forms a strong vector into the adjacent rice field – a graphic juxtaposition to the first floor’s horizontal configuration.
The continuation of Bali’s beautiful landscape into the Inside of the building is one of our key credos in architectural design-for the river house we embedded the existing topography and used it as the over-arching feature for a three dimensional experience. Different passages, walkways and spaces lead through the house.
We used reclaimed timber and locally sourced sandstone to create surfaces and textures that evoke a sense of timelessness, firmness and reference back to Bali’s vernacular building culture. A palm tree forest, banana- and bodhi trees surround the building and make it part of the silhouette consisting of rolling hills and lush rice fields. The side and front elevations of the volume are rendered by a wooden lattice. This changes the scale of the arrangement into a more abstract object, rather than a traditional home with windows.
Bedrooms are carefully furnished and the natural stone finishes make each of those spaces for retreat and recreation. The views of bedrooms way above ground capture sunsets above coconut trees. As one ascends the building, circulation leads through semi outdoor spaces with unexpected perspectives and atmospheres. A vast roof garden crowns the volume, accessible through the central atrium that is covered by a large skylight.
‘La Pacha Mama’ is an eatery specialising in Pescatarian, Mexican cuisine with subtle references to its Indonesian, tropical context. The aesthetic and structural character of the design alludes to the image of the ‘hacienda’, typically known as large estate originating from colonies of the Spanish empire.
The main structural elements of the design serve as the dominant feature of the project, forming a semi-open atrium spanning over a renovated building and courtyard, surrounded by lush tropical vegetation. The vertical structural elements form a hybrid of a truss, a vault, and an arch, interwoven with rubber recycled from old truck tires. This woven structural framework enables vines and flowers to grow effortlessly into the building so that, in due time, it may become one with nature.