The Villas at Bisma Eight (or we formerly called as Bisma Garden) is our most current finished landscape project located at Jalan Bisma in Ubud. Collaborated with the architect Andra Matin, it is the newest establishement from the same owner and management as our previous projects, Bisma Eight Hotel and Folk Pool & Gardens. Each villa is tucked behind walls for maximum privacy and complemented with its own pool, spacious rooms and secluded garden designed by SHL Asia . The landscape design is the response of what the building needs, we put less to add more. We balanced it out by designing vibrant landscape creating ambience and to soften the overall look.
Landscape at The Villa
The inspiration mainly came from the client and the Ubud’s nature. The client wished to introduce the guests to what Ubud really is, a mixture of vibrant modernity and rich tradition that runs in harmony. The contemporary interior and building is combined with vibrant greeneries and local crafts. At the first glance, the Villa at Bisma Eight looks edgy and sharp but the more we dive into it, it now soften and homey with touch of details and the breath of plants. The villa itself was pursued to be exclusive and private, thus the public area was designed to be open and spacious.
Less Texture, More Color
The public areas include lobby (entrance), spa, pathways and amphitheater/courtyard. The beauty of clean white exterior is it can be painted with various colors. In this case, the blank canvas is smeared with green hue from shrubs and trees and a touch of multicolor flower plants. During daytime when it is sunny out, these plants create an aesthetic shadow play on the white background walls. We put more colored softscape in public places but chose more simplistic plant so it would not overcrowd the area.
Less Color, More Texture
On the other hand, there is a secluded lush garden inside each villa. The landscape concept in private area is single color, focusing on different texture and shades of green. Some of the common plants in the villa’s garden are Areca palm (Dypsis lutescens) and Macarthur palm (Ptychosperma macarthurii). They have different height and unique texture to add density for the garden. Tropical plant like Elephant Ear (Alocasia) can also be found among them. It has big foliage and nice green color that suits the concept. Beside the softscape, the landscape inside the villa was completed with hardscape like wooden stepping, earth tone artwork and an outdoor shower made from natural stone.
The hardscape in general is dominated with muted textured white walls and terrazzo pathways. It looks clean and almost dream-like from very little color. The rest of it is kept minimalist. Other than plant, it is decorated with stones. Big stone, little stone. There are dark grey pebbles in most area, by the pond, surrounding the pool and even in open courtyard side to side with some beds of grass. It adds more texture and color for the landscape. Public places also decorated with boulders for more variation. Boulders stones are place strategically along the pathway creating a balance composition of softscape, hardscape and building.
There is not much artwork throughout the villa. We wanted to keep it very minimalistic thus avoided heavy carving artwork that is commonly found in many resorts. Instead, we use water barrel made from terracotta. Originally water barrel is one of the Balinese household items to contain water on daily basis, however we use it merely for artwork. We matched the tone of the artwork with the roof tile of the buildings that also has the terracotta color. Both artwork and tiles have the same rustic,timeworn-like finished.
Overall, the landscape design at The Villas was aspired to complement the design. The combination of different plants and texture are put together creating simple yet and it what represents the humbleness of Ubud.