Located inland in Kaba-Kaba, in Bali, this wellness retreat resort has been integrated into a forest, next to luscious rice fields and rivers. The materials required have been procured from the site and its surroundings. The river converges water from the whole area creating a junction of waterfalls that produces enough flow to power a hydroelectric generator that can sustain the power of the buildings within the complex. The local community was also involved in the construction of the Ulaman Resort.
The walls of the ground level are built with rammed earth, and the rest of the structure has been built with bamboo, much of which was harvested from the site. Apart from being a fast-growing, sustainable material, it also offers the flexibility for the architects to create spaces that reflect the abundance of life in the tropics.
While using sustainable materials, the architects have also designed the resort to seem to biologically morph from the surrounding elements, so that the spaces seem to blend with nature. The resort’s yoga studio was also built with the same concept, and floats, literally, from the cliff’s edge with a cantilevered structure supporting a parabolic bamboo pavilion.
The rooms of the resort provide an eco-luxury, with several feature bedroom designed like a cocoon. The curvilinear formations of the roofs can be admired from different heights and angles while the reflections from the meandering pool below add to the effect. The warming tones of rammed earth, together with the bamboo architecture merges beautifully with the nature, creating spaces that are stunning, comfortable and eco-friendly.
The prospect for Phase Two will see a feature restaurant, river spa and elevated pod rooms intertwined with the existing trees.