Architecture and Design Obsession
In the heart of Bali’s lush jungle, a mesmerizing architectural structure has taken root, challenging conventional notions of residential living. The Loop, a jaw-dropping spiral house in Pajangan, Bali, has redefined the essence of living amidst a tropical paradise, thanks to architect Alexis Dornier, with the help of interior designer Silvia Fairman.
The design behind The Loop began with a desire to eschew the ordinary. The simple design brief – “We have lived in boxes our entire life – we now seek the opposite” – allowed Dornier to break free from architectural norms and create a space that captures the essence of freedom. Leaving the typical box behind, Dornier dreamt up a design that defies gravity, embraces fluidity, and invites inhabitants to live life on their own terms.
Inspired by the beauty of the natural world and motivated by the challenge of pushing architectural boundaries, The Loop’s design concept took shape as a figure 8 spiral. This innovative and daring approach offers a continuous, ever-changing experience, allowing residents to explore its unique radial design. It’s a journey into uncharted territory where the house itself becomes a work of art, transcending the confines of conventional living.
One of the project’s most remarkable achievements lies in its seamless integration with the surrounding jungle. Carefully chosen materials such as concrete, wood, and natural stone effortlessly connect the structure with the greenery, creating an environment that exudes sophistication and modernity while respecting the jungle it calls home.
But The Loop wasn’t without its challenges. Bending materials in two dimensions and solving complicated geometrical situations required close planning with skilled artisans. It was a journey that tested the boundaries of architectural possibilities, resulting in a unique and captivating house.
Throughout the process, the collaboration between the architects and their clients was key. The homeowners actively participated in material selection and design decisions, fostering a connection with the home and a feeling of shared ownership.
The house itself, appears to float above the ground on a steep slope, blending seamlessly with the jungle’s natural environment. Careful landscaping blurs the lines between the structure and nature, transforming it into “a living entity that symbolizes unity with the surroundings.”
Strategically laid out, each room in The Loop offers breathtaking views and a sense of discovery as one moves throughout. From bedrooms to communal spaces, every corner of the house becomes a tranquil spot, immersing the residents into the surrounding serene beauty.
Photography by KIE.