Btutalist green house in Bali


First of all, we are in Bali. More precisely in the south coast of the island, between cultivated valleys and unspoiled nature. Which human artifice can find space in such a context? How to create a symbiosis between nature and architecture?

This is the challenge, to which the architectural firm Patisandhika and designer Dan Mitchell are called to answer. A challenge certainly not simple, but more than ever exciting. A challenge that we want to tell you in today article and that we hope will make you fly, even with thought, in this heavenly place.

The concept: deep respect for Balinese culture

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Any architecture have to deal with the context, within which it exsists. Ignoring this detail often leads to serious mistakes. Mistakes that, therefore, affect the identity of an architectural structure.

Every context has its essence. This must penetrate the skin, the bones, the soul of a good architectural work. This brutalist green house in Bali takes full responsibility for taking charge of the island culture. A culture steeped in history and characterized by the predilection for the natural factor. So, all this leads to the underlying idea, on which the designers of this house work thoroughly.

Culture, nature and spirit. A mix capable of making this home unique. Under the magic of Bali. Under the banner of a journey that digs into the depths of the human being, leaving out the frills.

The architecture: geometries and nature that create scenic views!

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«One must for us, was….providing dramatic views to the lush tropical landscape and blue skies.»-Mitchell tells.

Geometries, lines and materials contribute to the formal simplicity of this architecture. The will is to have an essential skeleton, a uniform skin and an excellent capacity to dialogue with the context. So, no to everything that is more. Yes to wood, cement and glass!

The architecture here, therefore, is functional. It wants and must put itself at the service of the breathtaking beauty of the place. How? Creating scenic views, certainly. And using as more as possible the transparent properties of glass. Transparencies that, as a result,  become paintings, signed by a single artist: the Balinese scenario.

And what about nature? It pervades the very soul of this house, becoming the glue between inside and outside. An element left finally free to invade, conquer and shape spaces at will. Almost to reproduce the ordered chaos of this island.

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The interior design: open spaces and double height

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«…a completely different sense of space and feeling.»-Mitchell says.

Large, open spaces, pervaded and shaped by light, in a constant light-shadow combination. The double height of the living area accentuates, as a result, the importance of this spatiality.

So, the perception of those who enjoy these interiors is that of a person who feels small in front of the vastness of the world. In a metaphor of the universe, of life, of what surrounds us. Us and the world. Therefore us and ourself.

Few, essential furnishing elements. Pure lines, strong bright colors, as the only element of separation between the predominant gray of the cement and the persistent green of nature. The thousand shades of a life, between the constant black and white of extremism.

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The detail that makes the difference: return to brutalism

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Space to Brutalism. This is certainly one of the details, which, most of all, affect about this home. It is natural to ask why such a choice was made. Especially if combined with a concept aimed at capturing the essence of Balinese culture.

Brutalism and spirituality. What do they have to do? Apparently they may sound like distant terms, destined to different paths. In reality they respond to two sides of the same world. This brutalist green house, therefore, doesn’t accept any superstructure and reveals its skeleton. It then reveals the way it was thought and designed. Brutalism that reveals the essence, the soul of this building. It penetrates, as a result, the roots of a context that would have been otherwise difficult to interpret.

Our inspired advice: always respect the nature of a place

Often it happens that, taken from our needs and the frenzy of getting what we want from our home, we ignore the context. We leave out a very important detail: the nature of a place, its identity character. We leave out its strengths, but also its weaknesses.

A good architecture, to be successful, must be able to become aware of the places in which it lives. Take a step back if this is necessary, make one step forward if allowed. It may be in line with the context, or it may bypass it. But never without having become aware of it!

At the next stop!

Location: South of Bali (ID);  Architects: Patisandhika
Design team: Dan Mitchell ; Photo Credits: Tommaso Riva.