A Wood Clad, Thatch Capped Escape in Bali

Isabella Prisco
·3 minuto per la lettura
Photo credit: Tommaso Riva
Photo credit: Tommaso Riva

From ELLE Decor

Floors in Indonesian wood, soft carpet in natural fabric and a large thatched roof which, between fronds and fringes, hangs over the home’s entire perimeter. Villa Rumah Purnama is a meticulous triumph of the most authentic Balinese nature. Revisited by the team at Studio Jencquel — whose offices in the heart of Ubud are a prime example of redeveloping the local territory — the architectural residence immersed in the greenery of Bali is a zen shelter consecrated to slow living. The earthy and chameleonic palette that blurs the exteriors of the building with the surrounding forest is in fact the trait d’union, which weaves together the home’s various spaces: from the nuances of deep brown to the lighter tones of raw linen, everything sits in a perfect harmony of forms and expression.

Photo credit: Tommaso Riva
Photo credit: Tommaso Riva
Photo credit: Tommaso Riva
Photo credit: Tommaso Riva

As a result of the recent redevelopment, the villa that has stood in the village of Campuhan for over 100 years becomes a paradigm of subtle elegance, authentic craftsmanship and relaxation. On the ground floor, interiors clearly vaunt a decompressed style of the entire construction: shared areas with an open layout are woven with clean and minimalist lines. Everything seems to converge in the dining room, where the meticulous design of the ten-person table — which Studio Jencquel had custom-made — is softened by three lamps in rattan and a Venezuelan hammock. Meanwhile, large windows and glass doors connect the living area to an outdoor terrace complete with a pool, offering stunning views onto the jungle that frames the property. Looking up, you can also admire the island’s sacred volcano, the Gunung Agung. Conceived as a temple of wellness and outdoor relaxation, the panorama is the perfect place to admire the moon that hovers over the coconut trees (it’s no coincidence that Rumah Purnama means “House of the full moon” in the local language).

Photo credit: Tommaso Riva
Photo credit: Tommaso Riva
Photo credit: Tommaso Riva
Photo credit: Tommaso Riva

Climbing up to the floor above, we come across a second living area and two of the home’s three bedrooms. Together with the final bedroom designed on the ground, the two spaces dedicated to relaxation take the name of three of the property’s most important guests, including the acclaimed German painter and musician, Walter Spies, who lived nearby during the ‘30s, when the home was originally built. Spies, whose artistic heritage influenced generations of Balinese designers and creatives, also hosted the American anthropologist and writer, Margaret Mead, the Swiss painter Theo Meier, and the legendary Charlie Chaplin.

Photo credit: Tommaso Riva
Photo credit: Tommaso Riva
Photo credit: Tommaso Riva
Photo credit: Tommaso Riva
Photo credit: Tommaso Riva
Photo credit: Tommaso Riva

Four-poster beds, warm rugs, linen covers and fluttering curtains are a timeless invitation to relaxation. For a special extra, we look to the outdoor showers, which are followed by two rooms on the floor above — perhaps the most beautiful point in all the villa. But the gem of the home remains the traditional Balinese door, which, invaded by the vegetation, opens onto a windy path that leads to a pebble garden lined with bamboo. Because here in Bali, beauty and nature are intertwined everywhere to pervade body and spirit (even the domestic variety) in complete freedom.

Photo credit: Tommaso Riva
Photo credit: Tommaso Riva
Photo credit: Tommaso Riva
Photo credit: Tommaso Riva