Breaking news – SHL Asia has announced their nomination for the Loop Design Awards, one of the most prestigious and recognized international Awards in world of architecture, interiors and landscape design. Having submitted three projects, two of them have been nominated for People’s Choice Award with Folk Pool and Gardens in the Commercial Architecture category, and Workspace and Culture in the Office Architecture category. Their participation in the awards this year is one of the best ways to represent Bali and Indonesia on the international stage, all the while celebrating the reintroduction of Indonesian culture, art and nature through their unique design style.
With each of their designs, SHL Asia incorporates local culture, art and nature and weaves them into the dream and ideas of each client, and so delivers a product that embodies their motto – Desa Kala Patra. Quoted from their recently published book, Timeless Harmony, Desa Kala Patra portrays the flexibility of Balinese society to respond to a certain place (Desa), a certain time (Kala) and a certain condition (Patra). When these are implemented into the design, SHL Asia creates a personalized blueprint which aims to be more than just a design, and brings stories and experiences which in themselves elevate the design itself into a memorable journey that lasts a lifetime. This heartfelt motto has carefully been brought into each aspect of their nominated projects for Loop Design Awards – Folk Pool & Gardens and Workspace and Culture.
Folk Pool and Gardens
With Folk, the first swim-up bar and garden located amongst the dense residential area in downtown Ubud, SHL Asia wanted to bring that nostalgic feeling of ‘Ubud of yesteryear’ into the space using local landscape and architecture but with an updated interpretation. It has become a hidden oasis, both for locals and tourists, for its spacious and laid-back feeling that is so prevalent in Ubud and Central Bali in general.
In order to create this updated nostalgic feel a lot of contextual cues were taken from the venue in question – the design shied away from a more modern look. It implemented a lot of local textures, patterns and recycled materials from the local vicinity, such as old tin roof-sheets, used window trellis and recycled ulin wood. This combination manages to bring back the feeling of the familiar – this way both local visitors and international travellers will keep the culture of Ubud close to their hearts and firmly in their memories.
Workspace and Culture
SHL Asia’s very own office is Workspace and Culture and is located in a residential area in the eastern side of Denpasar – Bali. Responding to the location and the surrounding area, the design was inspired by Bali’s urban villages that typically have limited space and no outward view, yet are still in harmony with the local culture. This one-story office implements the layout of traditional Balinese houses, it comprises of separate ‘compounds’ in one housing ‘complex’ with an open inner courtyard or natah (the centre of a compound of Balinese traditional buildings). The layout is elongated towards the back, following the shape of the site, creating a long peninsula that embodies the small streets of urban areas, with each ‘room’ separated from another as representing the ‘houses’. Workspace and Culture, accommodating to the needs of a design studio, is the interpretation of the traditional Balinese architectural philosophy yet with an additional modern approach, in direct response to its urban surroundings.
Both properties and SHL Asia have deservedly been recognized by Loop Design Awards so please don’t forget to VOTE in the link below and help them represent Bali and ‘Desa Kala Patra’ to the world!!