Aug 15, 2012

Guest Post: Kat+Muse

Good are in for a treat today.  Kat from Kat+Muse graciously accepted my offer to guest post  at cabbagerose.  Kat is a designer with a passion for architecture, interiors, fashion, photography, and all forms of art.  Kat is so clever and witty…and I always learn something new when visiting her daily blog.  Kat+Muse…a  source for delight and knowledge.

It is such a pleasure to be hanging out with cabbagerose for the day, as Katherine has become one of my personal go-to’s for inspiration. And since she is on vacation, it only seems suiting that we take a little trip of our own, don’t you think? So, we’re off to Bali to a place that embodies the sophistication, elegance, and innovative spirit that is everything I love about cabbagerose. Not to mention, a little unexpected bling! The Alila Villas Uluwatu by Singapore based WAHO is a luxury hotel and condominiumcommunity with a knack for sustainability. The initial goal of creating a contemporary and atypical Bali escape that worked with the surround instead of against it resulted in this beauty.

Reclaimed wood slats were blended with bronze to provide shading (and peeper protection) to the outdoor cabanas while flat roofs made of porous volcanic rock allow these spaces to breathe while blending into the surroundings.

The repetition of this rectilinear element is present throughout most of the architecture.

And here’s the unexpected bling I was talking about. The lobby definitely makes a statement against the more natural materials.

Once inside though, natural light is the favorite accessory among more subtle hints of a Hindu influence as seen in the elaborately carved wooden tiles below.

But at the end of the day, the beauty of nature reigns supreme and the true success of this architecture is that it complements the existing and creates a sense of timeless elegance thatmake both seem even more breathtaking.

All images [1-4,6 & 5, 7-10 ]

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