Spanish delight in Bali home design

This house in Legian was designed and furnished by owner Edith Jesuttis, an Austrian fashion designer who has lived and worked in Bali for twelve years. When designing the house, Jesuttis had in mind the Spanish colonial house, with the customary patio at its heart. The building is constructed in aU-shape, which embraces a patio. A detached pavilion located just beyond the waterfall, the Joglo House, closes the ‘U’.

From without, the house looks-and is-compact, but within the design reveals a modern exploitation of space. The curve of the “sunset bridge” at the entrance to the compound (see below left) is an interesting contrast against the taller angularity of the house. At the main entrance, the sound of gently cascading water teasingly beckons one to the patio, and it is at this open area that one feels a strong sensation of having reached an oasis of peace and privacy.

The main feature of the patio is a long swimming pool made from green unpolished stone and flanked by bottle palm trees. Beyond the pool, the Joglo house stands in full splendour: this was a 19th-century royal pavilion from Madura, now transformed into a luxurious guest house. Certainly, the feel in the airy living areas is one of comfort and ease, but the private niches, beautiful patio and quaint pavilion in the garden also hearken to the old Moorish legacy, and have an Arabian Nights quality about them.

Standing in conspicuous isolation at a corner of the dining room, a long single-block teak dining table, with Timorese motifs along its sides, dominates the area. Its two supports are anchored by a long horizontal base–a modern touch. On the wall in the background is a traditional Irian Jaya painting on bark.

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