Sunday, July 17, 2016

Rumah Luwih, Design and Architecture

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Where does the design inspiration for Rumah Luwih come from?
Bali has long been a melting pot of many influencing cultures. In various ancient architectural remnants located across Bali, we find hints of the influences from Dutch Colonial and Chinese culture.

The design inspiration for Rumah Luwih comes from the Ujung Water Palace in Karangasem in particular. This water palace is, historically, a home for Karangasem’s royal family, and has wonderfully incorporated the exquisite blends of Dutch colonial architecture with the intricate details of Chinese and Balinese cultures.

As a way of preserving the local culture, we took this design as inspiration for Rumah Luwih. The design for Rumah Luwih is more than just that of a fancy hotel but, rather, resembles a palatial house where family gather in an intimate setting, just like the Ujung Water Palace.

2. Who is the architect that designed Rumah Luwih?
Rumah Luwih was designed by the talented team from Hadiprana - a renowned architectural firm, well known for it’s unique architectural design across Indonesia.

The design team for Rumah Luwih incorporates individual experts in each of their fields, including:
  • Design Director: M. Faried
  • Project Coordinator: Firdause Santiadji
  • Architect: Daniel Denny
  • Interior Design: Dina Hediyanti Rasyid, Shinta Meirina Hapsari Special Lighting: Teuku Rinaldi
  • Landscape: Keke Ike
  • Artwork: Ika Marthawati
  • Hadiprana Bali: Made Yuli 

3. What is theme for the interior design in Rumah Luwih?
Rumah Luwih is designed as a grand beachfront colonial mansion that incorporates various aspects of Dutch Colonials, Chinese and Balinese cultural influences. As such, the interior design reflects this overall design of the building. The ambiance of Rumah Luwih is aimed at creating an intimate feeling of coming home to your grandmother’s large mansion.

The interior design team from Hadiprana, which consists of Dina Hediyanti Rasyid and Shinta Meirina Hapsari endeavored to create this ambience through astute selection of antique furniture and artworks. Some of the furniture comes from the personal collection of the owner, while others replicate antique furniture from the colonial era.

4. What are the design’s color palettes?
The color palettes which are incorporated into the entire design and furnishing follow the main design guideline of the building.

The color palette derived its influences from the blending of three cultural inspirations for Rumah Luwih, which are Dutch Colonial, Chinese and Balinese. It translates into earthy and warm colors as white, soft blue and red.

5. Will the resort incorporate local arts?
 Stemming from its Balinese cultural influence, Rumah Luwih hosts several local arts, such as paintings, statues and old furniture that are beautifully assembled across the resort.

Some of these local art pieces come from the private collection of the owner, while others replicate various art pieces from the colonial era, including old maps & paintings.

6. What are the materials used in the construction?
To create a classic colonial ambiance, Rumah Luwih incorporates various select materials, which generate the desired ambiance.

Terrazzo was chosen as the floor material with motifs resembling Old Dutch tiles. The outside fa├žade is specialty painted and decorated with lattice to create the classical accents of an authentic colonial mansion.

7. Is the design of Rumah Luwih child and family friendly?
Yes, as stated, the design of Rumah Luwih is intended to be a large beachfront mansion of a grandmother’s. It is comforting and welcoming in an intimate setting.

As such, every aspect of Rumah Luwih is made to accommodate the comfort of a family. The rooms are spacious with the smallest being 40 square meters, suitable for a large family. There is also a pool area for a cozy relaxing time with the family. The garden is vast with lots of grass areas to sit or to play around in the garden with the little ones.

8. Has the design of Rumah Luwih incorporated the natural landscape of Lebih Beach?
Yes, as much as possible, the design of Rumah Luwih incorporates the existing natural landscape of Lebih Beach where it’s located.

For example, the lotus pond, which is located next to the pool, is actually the naturally existing wetland of the original setting. The plan incorporates many existing natural features into the overall design, rather than having changed the landscape all together.

The wetland has been transformed into a beautiful lotus pond. Several geese are introduced into the pond to create a lively atmosphere. Just like the Ujung Water Palace, Rumah Luwih incorporates three watery landscapes. The first one is the pool area, settled just outside the Andrawina restaurant where the guest could have breakfast with an ocean view. The pool then extends into the lotus pond and later stretches into the vast Indian Ocean in the horizon, creating a calm ambiance and tranquility.

9. How is the overall layout of Rumah Luwih?
Rumah Luwih’s design is set to be easy in its navigation. Resembling the grand mansion of a grandmother’s house. The resort is divided into 3 zones, which consist of the main house in the middle and additional houses on both wings.

Just like the residential house, the main house caters public areas, including lobby, reception, main guest rooms, and dining rooms. While the wing areas are mainly allocated for the guest rooms. Both wings are serviced by dedicated lifts for easy access.

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