IN FOCUS: THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE OF BALI by Nicole Kow
It was only last weekend that I left home for a few days on this little red dot for another tropical island – Bali. An island full of friendly smiles, beautiful beaches, an abundance of seafood and a laid back attitude that can melt any type of stress away.
One of the 34 provinces in Indonesia, Bali has had its fair share of influencing the face of architectural design with an in-demand home concept, Tropical. Dark stained wood, a wide array of textures, lush greenery, tranquil spas, and private villas are just some characteristics why home owners gravitate towards the style. It is no secret that Bali holds a special place of inspiration in Nic & Wes Builders. From our office space to even our homes, Bali has become a muse of sorts in the design process of our works.
My first time back in over two years and while the general atmosphere has not changed much, it has evolved into a bustling hive of refurbished and newer hotels alongside a plethora of eclectic eateries and bars which is gradually changing the once raw Balinese panorama.
Staying at a variety of hotels throughout the years, it was interesting to walk through the streets to see how and if they have been revamped.
Bali most prominently within the Kuta area is in a transitional phase of diminishing Atap roofs, stone statues, weathered wood banisters as well as raw brick and stone façade buildings. Instead white splashed walls, dark stained wood and intricate handcrafted features are becoming the changing face of Balinese design.
While most pools were traditionally situated at ground level, pools in the newer establishments are more compact sometimes located at the top of the hotel. Another switch from tradition, above ground pools provided a refreshing twist allowing a natural balcony for rooms to overlook the pool.
Probably the most welcoming sight of the change comes from the newer bedrooms and bathrooms of the hotels. Basic white tiled floors are now being adopted with newer tiles or even parquet flooring while more forethought is incorporated in giving the rooms a warmer, more inviting feel.
Unlike other provinces in Indonesia, Bali has a height restriction law on buildings that prohibits high-rise buildings. The law states that a building cannot be taller than a palm tree which is about 15 meters. And while much has changed, the strict absence of skyscraper buildings may probably be the most consistent sight for years to come no matter how much it transforms.
Height restrictions however mean nothing when the character of Balinese hotels is conserved. Being entwined with nature; a myriad of natural elements of water, plants and flowers as well as the occasional dragonfly and butterfly flying free in harmony sets the basic building blocks of why the Tropical concept has remained popular all this while.
With the obvious trend steering toward a more modern design, some hotels have unfortunately lost the Tropical Balinese flavour altogether. Opting for more simplistic, clean-lined designs with a touch of Contemporary.
To be honest, I enjoy seeing the changing landscape of a more Modern Tropical environment in the heart of Kuta. It could probably be argued that Bali is becoming more commercialised and while there are hotels that have emerged without a tinge of the Balinese essence, for the most part, they have successfully balanced the traditional characteristics with modern design concepts. Like everything in life, things change and with this transitional phase I can only hope that the Tropical Balinese concept will continue to improve and inspire without losing grasp of its roots.
IN MY OPINION: BACK FROM INSPIRATION POINT By Brian Kow
It is a great feeling to take a break and return reenergised to continue on the journey of creating even more interesting Lifestyle Homes. I just returned from a short break with my family to the place that originally inspired us to create Lifestyle Homes. Bali is the land that is all about holidaying and taking a well-deserved break from our fast paced life.
Bali is not just the about the exotic tropical nature and breath-taking beach scenes but the ability to let yourself go without a care in the world. That is the pulling factor. The ability to stop and smell the roses; enjoy the moment with the people you most want to be with. A release zone or safe haven environmental element we strive to incorporate into all our Lifestyle Homes.
On another note we have just welcomed a new addition to the team, Laisee. He is part of our design team assisting Jeff, our lead conceptualizer, to contribute towards creating a bigger wow factor in the enhancement to your Lifestyle Homes.
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Type: HDB Apartment
List Type: For Sale
Built In: 1,345 sq. ft. (approx)
Rooms: 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen, living room
Amenities: Close proximity to Tanah Merah, Bedok and Simei MRT Station and schools (St Anthony's Canossian Primary School, St Anthony's Canossian Secondary School, Anglican High School)
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