On a rocky hill in Senggigi, Batu Layar, Indonesia, a steeply contoured 1600 square metre plot has become the new home of a young couple and their three children. Created by
Rumah Mewah Di Tebing, or The Hill House, stands on a challenging plot of land. Here, the architects focussed on maximising the build site to create a comfortable, spacious family home. The level at which the main volume of the building should stand was guided by the potential to realise an infinity sea view.
Two of the horizontal volumes are positioned to receive the ultimate ocean views, whilst the third volume is situated diagonally to capitalise on the narrower land perimeter at the rear.
The functional outdoor space is designed to encourage an indoor-outdoor living experience, where there is freedom of movement between different areas of the home through fresh air and sunshine.
A wood clad overhang protrudes outward from the main living volume of the house, where it provides shade over floor-to-ceiling windows.
The swimming pool stretches across the full width of the home, and wraps the deck in a shallow L-shape.
Established trees and shrubs grow densely around the property, growing a lush green environment that provides privacy and peace to the home.
Wooden perimeter walls keep the sun deck completely private from peripheral areas.
Water plays a continuous role throughout the home, filling reflection pools and creating a softly rippling soundtrack. Inner decks “float” above the water’s surface in great rafts and narrow stepping boards.
Winding trees push up through gaps made in the rooftop of the building, where they contentedly seek the sun.
Inside of the home, we find a comfortable family
A plain beige area rug lightly contrasts with the dark floor tile.
An open walkway leads from the lounge into the kitchen diner. A black
In the TV room, a chaise lounge sofa is focussed toward a large walnut media unit. A
Due to the contoured nature of the site, the climb from the entrance to the highest point in the structure is substantial. Entering at a dramatic cave-like passageway, the climb begins via a ramp to the living area.
The circulation around and through the property is a semi-outdoor pathway, edged with rustic stone walls and overspilling plant beds.
Snug sitting areas nestle within tight architectural angles.
Glass walls allow the inner spaces to feel fluid connection with the outdoor living areas.
With stunning sea views located to the west, the architects were challenged with tackling the intensity of solar radiation.
Gaps between the architecture and the outer rocky wall promotes cooling air circulation around the property.
Vertical panels are installed to shade the home from direct sunlight.
A decoratively cut screen emulates the stone walls at the front entryway.
The thin building volume permits effective, natural air circulation. Glass walls and glass balustrades facilitate unobstructed light share.
Bedrooms are modestly sized, stylish spaces, with a focus on concrete and wood finishes.
Heavy drapes block out the early morning sun.
The master bathroom is large and luxurious. Glossy grey stone slabs, cover the wide bathroom floor, clad a feature wall, and encase a centrally situated bathtub. The tub enjoys a spectacular view over the ocean and the surrounding forest. A double sink vanity unit is tucked away around a corner, where vanity mirrors can be easily mounted upon the wall.
First floor plan.
Second floor plan.
Third floor plan, including the swimming pool and smaller reflection pools that are situated within and around the home.
Fourth floor plan and mezzanine. A prayer chapel occupies the rooftop, accessed by a landscaped staircase at the rear of the house.
Section drawing. Here, we see how the home beds cosily into its sloped terrain.
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