Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Ananta Legian Hotel in Bali, Indonesia by Airmas Asri
July 30th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Airmas Asri
The concept of Ananta Legian Hotel lobby is inspired by BentarTemple which is described as a ”Kori Agung” that functioned as a gate. The grand steps towards the Lobby from the lower floor express the greatness of the Lobby as the “Kori Agung”. The balinese Serai stones are used in the building facade together with the pond and water fountain around the lobby to create ambience of balinese temple and the place of sacred liturgy of Hindu ceremony by pedanda—the high priest in Bali.
A pyramid-like building for its lobby with blunt top is also inspired by the form and characteristic of Balinese glass handicraft, and the floral ornament on the crown of Legong dancers. A sense of sacredness and a philosophical meaning is converted into the ornament of traditional element accentuated by Patra Sari—a painting made by I Wayan Lungguh, a local artist—and other local paintings on the lobby building.
These paintings have powerful meanings on divinity, life, and eternity which were converted into a handmade carving with Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete (GRC) material and were applied throughout the lobby as its outer skin. The Boutique 3 Star Ananta Legian Hotel is designed in a very tight program of 185 room bays, meeting and conference rooms, restaurant, bars and cafe shop and the back of house fitted in an enclave 3,100 sqm site. Due to this narrow site surrounded with local settlements and hostelry buildings.
This situation makes the hotel virtually hidden by the other buildings, making it invisible from the beach. Consequently, the seascape is difficult to be enjoyed from the hotel area. To solve this issue Ananta Legian Hotel creates it’s own scenery and experience inside the building. An open space is made in the middle of hotel and surrounded by green walls along building inner facade with water element to create an ambience of Balinese valley “ngarai”. And for the main attraction in this open space is a lobby’s building as an artwork. The roof top consider as a dining and bar to enjoy the sea from above.
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