When you imagine a trip to Bali, you may think first of lying on white sand beaches in the shade of tall palms. But a bit away from the water is where the magic can really happen. The jungles of Bali are rich with greenery and wildlife — and if you’re lucky enough, you may even find yourself at one of the island’s most luxurious estates, nestled right into that jungle. The home featured here is just such a retreat. Featuring a sparkling clear infinity pool, an outdoor bath, and plenty of indoor space for the long and luxurious evening of a vacation, this home is a true treasure, as you’ll see in the photos from photographer Daniel Koh.
Upon first view, there is a very clear reason that this house is known as “The Chameleon.”
But it is difficult to argue with a bedroom like this, surrounded with warm wood and waking to the sounds and smells of nature.
An evening bonfire is a perfect way to commune with friends and family that have spent the day in separate pools, tubs, and oceans.
A stunning stone sink and light fixture look as though they would be just as comfortable in a museum as in this villa.
Everywhere you turn is a new opportunity to see a different angle on the spectacular views.
Artistic additions like this patterned wall just serve to make the natural beauty that much more stunning.
Natural wood is found on so many surfaces, bringing the warmth and comfort of nature indoors for the evening.
Indeed, a relaxing bath in this tub would be a particularly unique way to commune with the surrounding wildlife.
Greenery from the surrounding jungle creeps right up to the infinity pool and dangles tantalizingly over the edge of the roof.
Well-positioned mirrors reflect the jungle greenery directly into the main living space.
Decks on each level overlook the pool and the unmatched jungles vistas below.
The home is just a short drive from the resort village of Canngu, but leaving this house may be more difficult than hopping in the car.
Inside, attention to the surrounding environment is apparent in the interior choices.
But the inclusion of natural materials does not mean the exclusion of beautiful decor, including this rustic coffee table and low slung chair.
The importance of the outdoor space is further emphasized by the small nooks and crannies that are part of the architecture, like this cozy garden.
A few steps outdoors and you could easily lose yourself (but not get lost) in green.
Why get in a car when you could just as easily soak in the tub?
Contemporary furniture choices, like this interesting floor lamp, contrast with more rustic pieces like the day bed over which it hangs.
And a quick snack at the kitchen counter could end the perfect day.
From certain angles, the home becomes a part of the mountain, both a retreat from civilization and a safe place.
The weather in the Philippines was very unpredictable and it was crucial to complete the roof once and for all. I was on Christmas holiday when we started working on it. Some change in plan was consider like including covering the slab above the garage to provide a den, an extra room for guest, a TV room or study room as our previous one will be used as bedroom for one of the boys. I left the country without finishing the work. Eventually, a roof over my family’s head were screwed and riveted in place.
Since my family lived in here during the whole duration of construction, the architect came up with programme, doing the whole house in four (4) phases. He prepared plan for each phase starting with the master bedroom with walk-in closet and ensuite bath (Ph1 – The Masters); the laundry, service kitchen, maid’s quarter with T&B, formal kitchen, dining and common T&B for the kids (Ph2 – The Service Area); the living room and the courtyard/airwell (Ph3 – The Front Room) and the kid’s rooms and the den (Ph4 – For the kids). We did not include works in the facade (The Envelope) and the apartment at the back (For Rent – Back of the House).
(To be continued…)
Houses for eldery people in Alcácer do Sal / Alcácer do Sal, Portugal / 2006-2010
Footprint area: 1560 m2 / Floor gross area: 3640 m2
Authors: Francisco Aires Mateus, Manuel Aires Mateus
Collaborators: Giacomo Brenna, Paola Marini, Anna Bacchetta, Miguel Pereira
Client: Santa Casa da Misericordia de Alcácer do Sal
Engineer: Engitarget, lda
Constructor: Ramos Catarino, Sa
Landscape architecture: ABAP Luis Alçada Batista