alexis dornier's freebird house in bali weaves tropical modernism with japanese accents

alexis dornier's freebird house in bali weaves tropical modernism with japanese accents

inside the freebird residence by alexis dornier

 

Architect Alexis Dornier completes Freebird as a private residence pairing Japanese design with tropical modernism in Berawa, Bali. The centerpiece of the project is a living room positioned above the swimming pool, connecting two wings of the house and forming an ‘H-shaped layout from above. This area features retractable glass walls that transform it into an outdoor space, with a glass floor offering views of the pool below, reminiscent of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.

alexis dornier's freebird house in bali weaves tropical modernism with japanese accents
Freebird residence by Alexis Dornier | all images © KIE

 

 

low-carbon tropical design in Berawa, bali

 

The ground floor of the Freebird project houses a gym and two guest rooms, all designed to maximize views and access to a tropical garden designed by local group Bali Landscape Company as a lush backdrop that expands the indoor-outdoor living experience. The yoga area, inspired by architect Kengo Kuma’s Glass House, features extensive use of glass to maintain a connection with the natural surroundings. Meanwhile, a distinctive feature near the entrance is an expansive wine fridge, serving as both a practical insulation solution and a striking sculptural element. Alexis Dornier (see more here) worked alongside interior designer Kosame, whose selection of furniture combines functionality with sculptural aesthetics that oscillate between Japanese and tropical accents. 

alexis dornier's freebird house in bali weaves tropical modernism with japanese accents
maximizing views and access to a tropical garden

 

 

Sustainability is a core component of the Freebird residence, with sustainability management partners Eco Mantra, playing a pivotal role by significantly reducing the home’s energy consumption and carbon footprint. Complementing the ‘green’ design is a selection of materials throughout the Alexis Dornier residence that showcase local craftsmanship, featuring paras Kerobokan stone walls and wooden ceilings with fluted patterns paired with a variety of textiles and fabrics that add depth and warmth to the clean architectural lines.

alexis dornier's freebird house in bali weaves tropical modernism with japanese accents
living room positioned above the swimming pool

alexis dornier's freebird house in bali weaves tropical modernism with japanese accents
combining tropical modernism with Japanese design

alexis dornier's freebird house in bali weaves tropical modernism with japanese accents
Alexis Dornier creates wooden ceilings with fluted patterns at the Freebird residence

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alexis dornier's freebird house in bali weaves tropical modernism with japanese accents
a variety of textiles and fabrics that add depth and warmth to the clean architectural lines

alexis dornier's freebird house in bali weaves tropical modernism with japanese accents
yoga area

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alexis dornier's freebird house in bali weaves tropical modernism with japanese accents
the residence includes two guest rooms

alexis dornier's freebird house in bali weaves tropical modernism with japanese accents
bathroom area with outdoor shower

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alexis dornier's freebird house in bali weaves tropical modernism with japanese accents
night time view

alexis dornier's freebird house in bali weaves tropical modernism with japanese accents
the living room forms an H-shaped layout

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