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Traditional Javanese villa on the Bali shores





Traditional Javanese villa on the Bali shores

One couple transported a traditional Javanese villa to the shores of Bali to create this characterful beachside retreat.

Twelve years ago, Marcello Massoni and Michela Foppiani were invited by a business partner to open a ceramics factory in Bali, Indonesia. Their company, Gaya, now produces handmade ceramics for a number of high profile clients. The Italian couple have a home close to their workshop in Ubud, but at the weekends they retreat to this beachside villa, a short drive away in Sanur, to spend quality time with their sons, Martino, Matello and Mario.

Traditional Javanese villa on the Bali shores

Traditional Javanese villa on the Bali shores

The couple discovered this century-old Joglo house
, traditionally constructed to mimic the look of a mountain, on the nearby island of Java long before they found the plot to accommodate it. As is common practice in this part of the world, they bought the wood­framed building, had it disassembled on site and then transported to a new location, where it was rebuilt piece-by-piece. When the lease on the land expires, the family has the option to move on, taking the property with them. In spite of this, from the start of the project, the duo’s priority was to create a home that conveyed a sense of permanence and modernity. As such, they commissioned Italian architect Matteo Leoni to update the 230-square-metre space.

Traditional Javanese villa on the Bali shores

Traditional Javanese villa on the Bali shores

Matteo has created a sociable seating area at the heart of the house
, which is framed by carved timber pillars supporting a grass- lined ceiling. The bedrooms are at the rear of the open-plan space and concealed behind curtains. The building’s traditional structure acts as a foil to the contemporary surfaces used by the architect: the cement herringbone tiles on the floor; the concrete kitchen crowned with Carrara marble; and the iron-framed windows and doors that divide the living area from the bedrooms.

Traditional Javanese villa on the Bali shores

Traditional Javanese villa on the Bali shores

Marcello and Michela’s interior eschews a cliched Balinese aesthetic
. The furniture and accessories throughout are custom- made (many are the pair’s own designs). The couple’s original style underpins the bold choice of prints and the clusters of original ceramics that are scattered across the space. ‘It was important to inject a playful sense of fun,’ says Michela. ‘We didn’t want things to be too serious, as this is a family home and our children should feel just as relaxed in it as we do.’

Traditional Javanese villa on the Bali shores

Traditional Javanese villa on the Bali shores

The villa’s laid-back, airy ambience is largely down
to the lack of boundary walls in the building. The façade is a classic pendopo structure, where a large roofed area opens directly out into the garden. Grass screens, which can be rolled down when needed, provide the only privacy. The family’s bathroom is a freestanding stone tub nestled among the tropical foliage. For Marcello and Michela, this is the epitome of indoor-outdoor living. ‘The beauty of the tropics is that you can live outdoors year-round. We don’t want to be locked inside,’ says Michela. ‘Being in the open air, surrounded by the fragrance of the garden and with the sea breeze wafting through the house, is, for us, what makes for a great quality of life.’





14-03-2016, 06:57
Autor: kastiel
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