Tropical Mid Century Villa

Tropical Mid Century Villa


July 30, 2020


Uluwatu Surf Villas, Bali


Architectural Design
Interior Design
Villa Design
Landscape Design
Pool Design
Furniture Design


The clients desire was for a spacious and luxurious tropical mid-century villa that celebrates a large garden and ocean view, together with accents of locally sourced materials to form a playful and contemporary holiday rental. 

Inspirational themes were taken from modern and mid-century architects such as Nikos Valsamakis, Ray Kappe, Oscar Niemeyer and Studio Arthur Casas. 

The overall design was dictated by its initial layout, nestled into the hillside over two floors. We wanted to achieve a thoughtful and spacious flow with natural light, quality cross ventilation and to be open to the surrounding environment. This method influenced the structure, door & windows and roof lines to form the final architecture. The roof angle was also chosen in consideration of the neighbor behind to try to make the building as discreet as possible.

The villas key design principles embraced mid-century architectural themes such as circular columns, large open spans / cantalivers and linear angles, integrated with tropical-vernacula features through the use of contextual building materials to tie in its local heritage. 

A favourite feature, and what makes this villa different to its complimentary neighbours, is its cantilever swimming pool. Due to having limited ocean view on the ground floor, the focus was diverted to huge riverstones and a bold pool that floats above lush gardens and tall palm trees that tie in the tropical mid-century feel and harmonizing the exterior columns. 

Key materials: Reclaimed woods such as teak and Ulin, Kerobokan stone, Batu Bukit – a white limestone that Uluwatu surf villas is nestled upon, huge riverstones, as well as Andesite- a lava stone formed from Bali’s volcanoes. 

Layout: First floor includes entrance, kitchen, living, dining, guest restroom, master bedroom/bathroom and pool. Ground floor includes an open pool lounge & deck, TV room and two bedrooms with ensuites.