Project team:

Client: Alila Hotels and Resorts
Architects: WOHA, Singapore; Richard Hassell, Wong Mun Summ,
Chan Ee Mun, Ranjit Wagh, Mappaudang Ridwan Saleh, Alan Lau,
Lai Soong Hai, Miikka Leppanen, Muhammad Sagitha
Lighting design: Lighting Planners Associates
Mechanical and electrical engineering: PT. Makesthi Enggal Engineering
Civil and structural engineering: Worley Parsons Pte Ltd / PT. Atelier Enam Struktur
Ecologically sustainable design consultant: Sustainable Built Environments
Landscape consultant: Cicada Pte Ltd

05. Aug 2011

Projecting nature
Alila Villas in Uluwatu, Bali/RI

Text: Joachim Ritter
Photos: Lighting Planners Associates and Toshio Kaneko

The villa-style resort in Uluwatu, southern Bali looks out over the ocean from the top of a steep bluff. The lighting concept was inspired by the theme the “Force of Nature” and addresses five key elements: wind, moonlight, fire, water, and trees to create a novel lit environment to enhance the resort’s physically and mentally soothing ambience. The important idea was to integrate natural elements into the buildings. Natural lighting conditions make for a unique spectacle at just about any time of day.

People visiting Bali today go there to enjoy the beauty of the mountains and coastal areas, excellent local cuisine, and the friendliness of the local people. Bali is an Indonesian island located in the westernmost end of the Lesser Sunda Islands. Despite being a tourist heaven for decades, Bali has seen a surge in tourist numbers in recent years. This is where one goes to forget stress, to open up one’s very being to relaxation, to experience nature and natural light and rediscover the essence of being.

When the lighting design team from Lighting Planners Associates Inc., headed by Kaoru Mende, were commissioned to design the lighting for the villa style resort in southern Bali it was clear that natural light was going to inspire the concept. In fact, the lighting goes as far as to incorporate five key elements of nature: wind, moonlight, fire, water and trees. The lighting designers opted not to exploit the natural warmth and spectrum of incandescent lamps, which would have been the conventional solution for the environment in question, but to specifically specify fluorescent lamps and solid state lighting for ecological reasons. Their goal was to embark on a new age of resort lighting with the integration of candles and LEDs. […]

The full version of the article can be found in PLD No. 77.

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