Kabaka Villa is located in the village of Kaba-Kaba, Tabanan, Bali, and was studied together with principal architect Cheong Yew Kuan. It stands 2 stories high on a piece of contour and surrounded by a great tropical garden of coconut trees.
The villa accommodates spaces for 3 bedrooms, including a swimming pool, a generous courtyard, and many living spaces to enjoy and experience, backed up by a service area away from view.
We designed the shape asymmetrically to provide a flowing character of folded elements. The inspiration of the shape came from the webbing of coconut leafs. This process is used by the local people of Bali to wrap a traditional dish “tipat” or else known as “ketupat”. The shape response to the clients request. Therefore, we designed a young spirited, modern, and dynamic architecture. Even so, we embraced the locality of Bali with it’s traditional background.
This “twisty” piece of Architecture is designed to stand dominantly among the vast number of coconut trees growing on site. We intended it as a statement of conservation that the designer wanted to shout out.
We formed the courtyard which is a character of Balinese architecture from the continuous configuration and shape surrounding an open space in-between. Small slits came into the architecture due to the folding of elements and staggering of slabs, providing dramatic and various intensity of daylight in each room around the entire villa.
We enriched the character of folding elements by using concrete as its main material. The concrete is exposed and at the same time acts as the bone and structure of the villa. We embedded wide openings and doors to balance the massive and cold feel caused by the use of exposed concrete. To soften the spaces even more, we used timber elements to some walls and floors. By doing so, we are giving a warm touch to the concept. We also included the use of limestone at certain areas to enrich the architecture even further.
Location: Kaba-kaba, Bali
Stage: Construction Documentation
Function: Private Residence
Land Area: 3.438 sqm
Building Area: 480 sqm