If tropical retreats are your cup of tea, get ready to fall in love with this gorgeous home nestled in the jungles of Bali, Indonesia. German-born architect Alexis Dornier designed the aptly named Origami House, a stunning dwelling topped with a folded timber roof. Set in a densely forested area away from prying eyes, the tropical dream home is wrapped in full-height glazing to blur the lines between indoor and outdoor living.
Placed on a plinth, the 450-square-meter Origami House features a long overhanging roof to shield the interior from heavy tropical rain and harsh sun. The steel-framed angular roof is clad in traditional teak wood shingles and allows airflow into the home for natural cooling on hot days. ‘Baligreen,’ a type of textured sandstone covers most of the surfaces, while recycled teak wood and ironwood are set into the mirrored stone floors.
The interior is organized in the spirit of a traditional Balinese compound across two floors. The upper floor houses a spacious open-plan lounge, kitchen, and dining room, as well as the master bedroom and bathroom, while the lower level contains the guest rooms, children’s bedroom, and a secondary living room. Both floors open out to large decks; however, the generous glazing, operable windows, and proximity to nature allow the homeowner to enjoy the outdoors year-round without needing to step outside.
Images via Alexis Dornier