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A Historic and Artistic Eco Resort in Balinese Bridal Houses

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On the Indonesian island of Bali, the eco resort town of Ubud is an arts and cultural center.

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John and Cynthia Hardy have created there a sweet and simple getaway with all the artistic charm and history of Indonesia.

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They located eleven antique bridal houses from Java and transported each to Bali to create a unique eco resort, the Bambu Indah.

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Each of the Javanese teak wood houses on the property originally served as a bridal house for a Javanese nobleman.

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Some of them have the luxurious comfort of a boutique hotel.

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The Udang House offers a unique view of fish beneath the ‘floor.’

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Bambu Indah combines traditional Balinese architecture with an eco flair.

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Some are quite polished and sophisticated, with fine Indonesian antiques.

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In one, a rustic outdoor shower over a scattering of stone encourages communing with nature.

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In another, an outdoor wash room leads to a small bamboo ladder up to sleeping quarters.

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Each bridal house puts the visitor in close contact with nature.

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But all pay homage to a distinctive rustic Javanese style.

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Old Stone and Glam Moderne Villa in Noto, Italy

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Masseria Constanza is an ancient stone villa in Noto, Italy that was too decrepit to inhabit.

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It has been beautifully restored, preserving the best of its antiquity, and made available for short-term rent.

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Somehow design elements separated by half a millenium work together perfectly.

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A giant refrigerator in the perfectly functional kitchen reoccupies the old hearth.

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In the bedroom, a five hundred year old stone floor is now traversed by glass – walling off a shower room.


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Guests are seated in state beneath the old stone walls – and a glam chandelier.

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The graceful arches of the Renaissance feature in the living room.
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These huge arches have been perfectly fitted with today’s glazing.
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There is actually something right about the glam moderne treatment of the ancient stone villa.
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And outside, todays swimming pool is overlooked by a wall that has stood for centuries.

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A Lonely Cedar Sauna is Milled in 3-D CNC

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On an isolated rocky outcropping on the shore of Lake Huron north of Toronto, lies a sauna with a secret interior.

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Late afternoon sun fills an otherworldly cedar space with a warm light across curvy woodwork that swells into deep windowsills and skylights.

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Canadian architecture studio Partisans used 3D modelling and CNC-cut models to design a space that is a sophisticated exercise in building science.

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They worked with local sawmill MCM Inc on the fabrication and installation of the cedar woodwork, using 3D technology to scan, model and build the grotto.

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Then it was prefabricated before being boated and craned into position.

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The timber is formed into panels with parallel grains, creating the illusion of a softly water-carved interior.

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Its cavernous milled cedar interior emulates the form of a seaside grotto.

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Skewed porthole windows bring in abundant light into the sauna.

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The traditional stepped sauna seating arrangement becomes a single undulating shape.

Ventilation is milled in a striated pattern that develops naturally due to the construction technique.

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The final touch? Sensitively chosen hardware perfectly complements the complex cedar curves.