In the riverside village of Sayan, Bali, local architecture firm Studio Jencquel has crafted the Umah Hati — Indonesian for “Tranquil Heart” — a private villa that embraces its lush, jungle environment in more ways than one. Inspired by the Balinese vernacular, the luxury villa is a hybrid of Western and Eastern design influences and features modern amenities side by side with local craftsmanship. A natural materials palette, modest proportions and large openings throughout the building help blend the villa into the landscape.
Completed in approximately a year and a half, the Umah Hati villa is a 400-square-meter, L-shaped, single-story structure that comprises three bedrooms with en suite baths, a living room, a dining area, a kitchen, a powder room and staff quarters. The home sits on a spacious, 4,000-square-meter lot and is oriented toward the palm tree-filled jungle and the Ayung River gorge.
Traditional Balinese architecture not only informed the indoor/outdoor living experience of the villa, which opens up to nature in multiple directions, but also the exquisite roof design built with reclaimed Indonesian ironwood. The roof is supported by Bankirai timber rafters bound with Japanese joining techniques, while woven rattan sourced from Sulawesi lines the underside. Durable ironwood shingles top the roof and provide a dark contrast to the soft volcanic Para stone — sourced from an Ubud river — that clads the exterior walls.
Inside, Indonesian teak is used for the interior walls, bedroom floors, windows and doors, which are all complemented by Asian and Italian marble surfaces. The architects also repurposed a century-old teak log into a stunning vanity in the primary bathroom. As the architects explained, “Using high-quality materials and sophisticated craftsmanship, Umah Hati makes the most of its setting and context, emanating tranquility from the heart of the house to its surroundings.”
Photography by Tommaso Riva Studio Jencquel