alexis dornier expands the uluwatu surf villas with a tropical take on modernism

alexis dornier expands the uluwatu surf villas with a tropical take on modernism

on the indonesian island of bali, alexis dornier, in collaboration with tim russo, has completed the design of a private residence titled ‘cliff front 7 (carbon house)’. the dwelling is part of the ‘uluwatu surf villas’ resort, a clifftop retreat described as a ‘surfer’s paradise’. the villa’s most predominant gesture is its polygonal shading element, which introduces a transitional, semi-covered space that connects the interior with the exterior.

alexis dornier uluwatu surf villas
all images by kiearch



‘the overall design is a result of applied challenges through plot boundaries among the natural landscape,’ says alexis dornier who designed the project in collaboration with tim russo. completed as part of the uluwatu surf villas, a resort dedicated to surf and travel culture, the tropical modern villa comprises four bedrooms and maintains a consistent palette of materials including reclaimed teak from java, reclaimed ironwood from kalimantan, terrazzo, and local limestone.

alexis dornier uluwatu surf villas



various folds in the roof canopy give the dwelling a sense of protection and privacy. clad with teak, the ceiling contrasts the limestone walls that are sourced from a nearby quarry. bespoke furniture was designed to fit into the building’s unique angles, while the villa also includes a collection of art by andy davis. overlooking the indian ocean, the expansive gardenscape includes an angular 45-square-meter infinity pool. find out more about the resort here.

alexis dornier uluwatu surf villas



project info:


location: uluwatu surf villas, uluwatu, bali, indonesia
instagram: uluwatu surf villas
program: private residence, part of uluwatu surf villas
architectural design: alexis dornier
construction: bali construction
interior design: alexis dornier with tim russo
size: 360 sqm / 3,875 sqf
lot size: 1,100 sqm / 11,840 sqf
villa size: 275 sqm / 2,960 sqf
pool size: 42 sqm / 452 sqf
status: completed march, 2019
collaborators: uluwatu surf villas
brands: grohe, toto, tecnogas, franke, LG, sika flex
photography: kiearch

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