Uluwatu Estate | The Grounds
While the main architectural roof form respects the vernacular, the details have been expressed with a contemporary approach, from its treatment of large sliding glass doors to allow for more light and controlled views, to the flat roof walkways cladded on the underside with solid teakwood set against plastered white walls, which allowed for hanging of artwork and objects. The interior dynamics is more of a well-crafted eclecticism, in both the furniture and objects itself and the way they are put together. One-off and bespoke pieces specially made for this project by the local craftsmen are positioned artfully with chosen objects that have a history connected to the client, site or material.
The base palette (of materials and colours) is purposely restrained: brown in all shades, taupe, white, grey and black, with some occasional red streaks. Warm expanses of teakwood, manually distressed by the local carpenters, kept to weather naturally or stained dark (depending), is set to contrast with the cool background of the beige Palimanan stone and off-white cast in situ Terrazzo. Because of the close proximity to the ocean, the use of steel was brought to a minimum – most of the metal seen is instead, solid brass, including the bespoke pendant light that hang over the dining table, made from 400-year old mercury jars salvaged from shipwrecks in Java, as well as all the outdoor lantern light boxes.