Word of Mouth Architecture has designed a residence titled Chameleon Villa. Built on a one-acre (0.4-hectare) plot of land located in the Balinese village of Buwit, the house has a total floor area of 1,015m² (10,925ft²).
The buildings are situated on different levels of the land and they follow the contour lines in a way to take in the vantage points towards the river below and the forest across. The rotation of the volumes on the land follow these criteria and allows the creation of in-between spaces and gardens to enjoy which would otherwise be difficult to experience on a land of such a steep pitch.
As per traditional Balinese architecture the different pavillions accomodate different functions and all communal spaces are kept open towards the elements where as the bedrooms and other more private spaces such as office, gym and media room are closeable volumes.
Throughout the property a sense of discovery develops from the moment we land in the parking. Across us we can only see an uninterrupted view of the forest ahead to then discover we are looking over the roof of the building below, to the moment we dive into a deep slit in the land and we find out it is the way to the guest bedrooms positioned at a lower level.
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Photographs by Daniel Koh, Word Of Mouth
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