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.
Initially being one of a three unit ensemble, the river studio is a 1 bedroom minimal home, a response to a few constraints and opportunities surrounding the lot shape. Being of extremely narrow nature, the lot required to contain the access road to the main house – as a consequence of that we occupied the space on top of the driveway by cantilevering the small studio bedroom component over it, and created an upstairs.
Working with less than 8 m width, we rotated in the living room component slightly, to have longer vantage points and fitted a small swimming pool and garden. On the formal layer we lofted an A-frame roof with the cube that is resting over the driveway to generate untypical roofline that shields from excessive sun exposure and creates privacy.
Constructed in steel, wood and concrete we aimed for best fitness for use. The soothing color palettes connect to the surrounding green, earthtones and carefully selected artwork make this place a good fit and use of space.