A boutique resort embedded into Bali’s local and cultural context

Project Specs


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Tiing是位于巴厘岛北岸的一家精品度假酒店,由澳大利亚事务所NIC BRUNSDON为其美籍华裔客户打造。该项目的设计理念是“彰显无畏”,旨在创造与巴厘岛南部截然不同的旅行体验,以前所未有的方式将人们带入当地独特的文化背景。

Situated on the northern coast of Bali, the Tiing has been designed as a ‘reward for the intrepid’. Understanding that this project would need a point of differentiation to pull people out of the well-worn tourist paths of southern Bali, the Tiing is a boutique resort embedded into its local and cultural context.

▼酒店概览,overall view ©Ben Hosking


Due to its remote location, the design deliberately leans on traditional materials and construction techniques, while providing a robust conceptual framework. Knowing that concrete is the preferred construction method of Bali, and that bamboo is plentiful, a series of bamboo formed concrete walls were erected on site to create in-between and inside conditions, framing the mountains and the sea.

▼别墅套房之间的过渡地带,between the villas ©Ben Hosking

▼传统的材料和建造技术构建出一个粗犷而厚重的概念性框架,the design deliberately leans on traditional materials and construction techniques, while providing a robust conceptual framework ©Ben Hosking


The materiality of this project aims to work within the local context, construction techniques, resources, and climate; a rugged regionalism. Concrete and bamboo are abundant, so it was best to work with these materials throughout. In a tropical climate, a clean finish would require much maintenance, here, the material will weather in, enhancing the character of the architecture and place. Importantly, this also became the finishing. Expressing the texture and form of the bamboo as a negative impression in the patina of the concrete becomes this project’s motif.

▼混凝土墙壁细部,竹子的质地和形态作为混凝土的负向表达,concrete wall detail:  the texture and form of the bamboo as a negative impression in the patina of the concrete ©Ben Hosking


We did everything we could with those two elements. Bamboo formed concrete walls create the major architectural gensture. Bamboo becomes the doors, window shutters, entry pavilion, and the re-used bamboo formwork became a fence, ringing the site.

▼别墅套房入口,villa entry ©Ben Hosking

▼拥有竹子肌理的混凝土墙,bamboo formed concrete walls ©Ben Hosking

▼大门细部,entry door detail ©Ben Hosking


▼“门”的设计概念,the concept of gateways ©NIC BRUNSDON

At each end, the walls become shear, referencing local Balinese gateways prevalent throughout the island. These gateways are highly decorated totems, shear-cut on the travel path to encourage the eye and the spirit to drift onwards. Architecturally, these walls act as funnels, giving each room equal and opposing view of the mountain and the ocean, meaning that guests are always situated in the truth of the site. We thought it vitally important to draw attention to this dual condition as part of a locating and grounding travel experience.

▼别墅外观,villa exterior view ©Ben Hosking

▼客厅外的水池,outdoor living area ©Ben Hosking

▼一层起居室,ground floor living area ©Ben Hosking

▼二层起居室,first floor living area ©Ben Hosking

▼卧室,bedroom ©Ben Hosking

▼卧室细节,bedroom detail


▼场地剖面图,site section ©NIC BRUNSDON

Arriving at the Tiing is a process of 2.5hrs traversing winding roads through the lush Balinese landscape. We wanted something that would act as a distinct counterpoint to that all-consuming ‘green-ness’, so we created a red public bathing pool. It is partially hidden to the entry sequence, but acts as an energising arrival moment in high-contrast to the lush green jungle. Further, we paid attention to the height of the site and the way the water bodies of the pool and the ocean would layer against the horizon. Again, the working strategy for this project is ‘a reward for the intrepid’, and the central pool further serves to consolidate this.

▼首层户外浴室,ground floor outdoor bathroom ©Ben Hosking


Hidden centrally in the plan is the washing space. This is a rare moment of slick finish in an otherwise unadorned project. Each space has a light well, connecting the occupant back to the sky from the darkness of this isolated space. Protected, hidden, and central, this space becomes a welcome surprise, a place of refuge and delight. This is a place for unwinding reconnecting to the self and to nature.

▼朝向山景的淋浴间和浴室,shower bath facing the landscape ©Ben Hosking

▼墙面材料细部,material ©Ben Hosking

▼设计手绘,sketches ©NIC BRUNSDON

▼场地平面图,site plan ©NIC BRUNSDON

▼立面图,elevation ©NIC BRUNSDON

▼别墅平面图,villa floor plans ©NIC BRUNSDON

Project team
NIC BRUNSDON(Design Lead Architect)
Manguning(Execution Architect)
Photo:Ben Hosking
Award: World Architecture Festival Finalist 2019 – Best Hotel


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