Architecture tips for your "M-Clasic" Tropical Villa
Now let's talk about architecture and decor. So what should you keep in mind when you talk to your architect?
BE CULTURE-SENSITIVE, ADAPT IT TO THE LOCAL CULTURE
Bali and Lombok island has rich traditions. Javanese were the real ancestors of these lands and built fascinating structures all over Indonesia. Incorporate their architectural elements into your house whenever possible.
Make your Tropical Villa in the province or area you are in. The culture of a people is very important…look at the behavioral patterns of the ones who were living in the area, the historical background of the family.
USE LOCAL MATERIALS
Balinese use local materials for their buildings that are still found in the area. They are the best choice for your house. For example, harmoniously blends modern architecture and design with local materials, such wood and alang alang roof, and integrates the project into the local tropical environment.
Use minimalist details and make tropical living easier: you will have less mold, more natural breeze, and less maintenance fees.
KEEP RAINY SEASON IN MIND
Bali doesn’t get that much rain as other tropical destinations, but your house should be ready for some weeks of rain per year, especially in November – February. Plan strategically, and rainwater can be used to water the plants, for example. Make water from the roof and from rain flow where is better.
The right orientation of the house will help with the natural airflow and reduce the heat. If you want to prevent the sunlight from entering the house, keep east-west walls closed, and make north-south walls with large openings.
In general, the lesser walls you build, the more airflow you will have. Open spaces also add to the impression of the size of your house, making it appear larger and airier.
COOL WITHOUT AIR CONDITIONER
To make your house cool and airy, create wide window openings and high ceilings. Big openings and windows on every side also bring in lots of natural light. Openings located near the ceiling also help. Clerestory windows or vents above act as egress for hot air,
CHOOSE LIGHT NATURAL COLORS
Light colors make space appear bigger and soothe the senses. Light colors are also great for the tropical environment as they reflect heat and make it feel cooler. Natural colors – such as beige, white, light brown, light green – are the ones we find in the environment, and they will make your house feel more natural, a part of the surrounding nature.
MATCH YOUR FURNITURE WITH THE HOUSE AND ENVIRONMENT
When building a modern tropical house with local elements and materials, choose modern tropical Balinese furniture style, which will make your house feel warmer and more original.
USE LOTS OF TROPICAL PLANTS
Surround your house with tropical plants, inside and out. The plants will not only make your space feel beautiful and refreshing but will also cool the area and provide shade.
Even if you don’t have a lot of space for your house, make sure you leave enough land to create a terrace and a tropical garden. Outdoor living is an important part of being in the tropics. It is good for the soul, calms the nerves, heightens the senses
Even if you don’t have space for a pool, consider a fountain, ponds or waterfall – water helps to decrease temperature. If you place a water feature outside of a window, the water will help to keep the air cool. Evaporating water helps cool the air.