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Find Your Bliss In This Airy, High-Ceilinged Bali Home

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House 1: a pad so spectacular, it doesn’t even need a name.

Located in Ubud, a town in the uplands of Bali, Indonesia, House 1 takes on the character of its surroundings. The area is known for its rainforest, its rice paddies, its temples and shrines, its traditional crafts and dance. German-born architect Alexis Dornier culled inspiration from all of these to build this tropical paradise.

The architect writes that the home was “designed around three historic ‘centerpieces’ of traditional javanese ‘joglo’ building style”. Residents and visitors are invited to explore those three artifacts through multiple levels, including a mezzanine, and from every angle.


The home’s highlights are its abundant windows, high ceilings, extensive use of wood, and suspended spiral staircase. Details like colourfully patterned fabrics acknowledge the tradition of the area while others, like the Eames chair, maintain the space’s modernity. Like Bali itself, House 1 straddles past and present with beauty and grace.


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