The Uluwatu Hotel Bali started out for us as an interior design project. The project was already under construction when we were asked to continue the architectural design as well and make some adjustments to it. The client wants us to add our architectural and interior signature to the project. However, since the project was already under construction, we had to come up with an idea pretty fast. The structure of the villas was standing and needed some supporting facilities to make the hotel whole. Finally, after several presentations, the client decided to move forward with our approach and idea.
The existing condition of the Uluwatu Hotel already has its main structure and shape in place. Therefore, we are taking our time to add as many of our ideas to the project as possible. One of which, is adjusting several layouts of the rooms and designing the public facilities of the project. Additionally, we want to adjust the materials to reflect a tropical and timeless project. As a result, we have to move some, knock down, and rebuild some walls to gain a bit of a makeover.
The curved walls of the exisiting Uluwatur Hotel are an interesting feature of the project. Our goal is to embrace and highlight the shape further without affecting too much the exisiting structure. One of the ideas we have is to adjust the material finish of the walls. We want the material of the walls to be able to have an earthy feel that at the same time would highlight the curve. Additionally, we want the material itself to be an extra feature of the architecture and interior of the project. We, therefore, decided to use wooden ulin shingles as the key material for the project covering the walls. By doing so, we are able to solve the issues around installation the curvature imperfections.