Improving on Paradise: Kengo Kuma’s Wood-Wrapped Bali Villas Embody Easy Living

As if Bali, a world-renowned haven for all things paradise, couldn’t be more beautiful, a new series of villas slated for construction in the Bukit Peninsula organically blend architecture with the surrounding nature. Kengo Kuma and Associates recently revealed a new design for six villas, a yoga pavilion and a greenhouse that will make up a 20,000-square-meter [215,000-square-foot] site on a sandstone cliff overlooking the southernmost Indonesian coast. The project, titled Tsubomi Villas, or “flower bud” in Japanese, includes three different types of villas that correspond to the surrounding typography and, on each, feature a hyperbolic paraboloid roof canopy created from light layers of overlapping wood. They appear to blossom from the tropical climate, evoking an organic relationship between the lush, local vegetation and the building materials themselves. Kengo Kuma hasn’t taken such a sweeping approach to a new design since unveiling the concept for The Darling Exchange in Sydney early last year. The multi-use building, which includes a new library for the City of Sydney, resembles a giant beehive wrapped in a screen of wood. This circular civic space is meant to be a welcoming and accessible public building at the ...
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