The River House, a modern home in Pererenan, Bali


Photography by kiearch

Text description provided by the architects Alexis Dornier: The river house is a five bedroom residential home located in Pererenan, Bali. Private spaces are grouped into a cubistic volume that seemingly hovers above the living rooms and the garden of the premises. An expansive pool forms a strong vector into the  adjacent rice field -  a graphic juxtaposition to the first floor’s horizontal configuration.


Photography by kiearch
Photography by kiearch

The continuation of Bali’s beautiful landscape into the inside of the building is one of our key credos in architectural design-for the river house we embedded the existing topography and used it as the over-arching feature for a three dimensional experience. Different passages, walkways and spaces lead through the house.


Photography by kiearch

We used reclaimed timber and locally sourced sandstone to create surfaces and textures that evoke a sense of timelessness, firmness and reference back to Bali’s vernacular building culture. A palm tree forest, banana- and bodhi trees surround the building and make it part of the silhouette consisting of rolling hills and lush rice fields. the side and front elevations of the volume are rendered by a wooden lattice. This changes the scale of the arrangement into a more abstract object, rather than a traditional home with windows.


Photography by kiearch

Bedrooms are carefully furnished and the natural stone finishes make each of those spaces for retreat and recreation. The views of bedrooms way above ground capture sunsets above coconut trees. as one ascends the building, circulation leads through semi outdoor spaces with unexpected perspectives and atmospheres. A vast roof garden crowns the volume, accessible through the central atrium that is covered by a large skylight.



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