A really cool experimental boutique hotel was recently built in the Kecamatan Ubud region of Indonesia. It was a project developed by architect Alexis Dornier, completed in 2019. Given that a lot of the structures in the area are using a lot of concrete into their designs and look rather lifeless, the idea here was to create something different. In order to achieve that, a more organic palette of materials, colors and finishes was used. The main concept of building the structures up among the treetops makes this boutique hotel stand out and suits the location perfectly.
This experimental boutique hotel is organized into several small structures raised up in the air among the treetopsThe structures are designed to blend in and to look as organic and as natural as possible
An indirect advantage of elevating the structures up into the air like treehouses was that the impact onto the landscape is minimal. At the same time, the design suits the whole tropical forest environment. Everything points towards a very special and memorable experience. Of course, not everything is placed up in the air. There’s a recreational area at ground level which incorporates a small sauna, a swimming pool and various sitting areas, with some hammocks spread around between the trees as well. This entire retreat aims to connect the guests with nature and the key to achieving that was a simple and unpretentious style. It’s designed to be different from everything else in this area and it definitely succeeds at that.
The thatched roofs are really cool and add a lot of texture and character to the buildingsDifferent towers house different functions such as private suites or common spaces like a yoga deckThis unusual boutique hotel does a great job at reconnecting its guests with natureThe elevated structures have minimal impact on the ground and the landscape in generalThe suites are chic and welcoming and have balconies and glass walls which bring in the tropical beauty which surrounds them
The concrete is only used as an accent material throughout this projectThe palette of materials used throughout the project helps the structures blend in with their surroundingsThe atmosphere here is very relaxed and casual, typical to a tropical retreatSome structures are built at ground level while others are raised off the ground and offer amazing viewsSlender spiral staircases on the outside of the structures connect them to the groundThe treetop hotel offers a unique and memorable experience in more than one wayThe individual suites have access to small balconies with wonderful viewsThe overall style of the hotel is eclectic, with the skeletons being very industrial lookingThe tall trees provide shading as well as privacy and fill the entire siteNot all the areas share the same style which gives each section a unique identity