Experimental Treehouse Hotel In Tropical Indonesia

A really cool experimental boutique hotel was recently built in the Kecamatan Ubud region of Indonesia. It was a project developed by architect Alexis Dornier, completed in 2019. Given that a lot of the structures in the area are using a lot of concrete into their designs and look rather lifeless, the idea here was to create something different. In order to achieve that, a more organic palette of materials, colors and finishes was used. The main concept of building the structures up among the treetops makes this boutique hotel stand out and suits the location perfectly.

This experimental boutique hotel is organized into several small structures raised up in the air among the treetopsView in gallery
This experimental boutique hotel is organized into several small structures raised up in the air among the treetops
The structures are designed to blend in and to look as organic and as natural as possibleView in gallery
The structures are designed to blend in and to look as organic and as natural as possible

An indirect advantage of elevating the structures up into the air like treehouses was that the impact onto the landscape is minimal. At the same time, the design suits the whole tropical forest environment. Everything points towards a very special and memorable experience. Of course, not everything is placed up in the air. There’s a recreational area at ground level which incorporates a small sauna, a swimming pool and various sitting areas, with some hammocks spread around between the trees as well. This entire retreat aims to connect the guests with nature and the key to achieving that was a simple and unpretentious style. It’s designed to be different from everything else in this area and it definitely succeeds at that.

The thatched roofs are really cool and add a lot of texture and character to the buildingsView in gallery
The thatched roofs are really cool and add a lot of texture and character to the buildings
Different towers house different functions such as private suites or common spaces like a yoga deckView in gallery
Different towers house different functions such as private suites or common spaces like a yoga deck
This unusual boutique hotel does a great job at reconnecting its guests with natureView in gallery
This unusual boutique hotel does a great job at reconnecting its guests with nature
The elevated structures have minimal impact on the ground and the landscape in generalView in gallery
The elevated structures have minimal impact on the ground and the landscape in general
The suites are chic and welcoming and have balconies and glass walls which bring in the tropical beauty which surrounds themView in gallery
The suites are chic and welcoming and have balconies and glass walls which bring in the tropical beauty which surrounds them
The concrete is only used as an accent material throughout this projectView in gallery
The concrete is only used as an accent material throughout this project
The palette of materials used throughout the project helps the structures blend in with their surroundingsView in gallery
The palette of materials used throughout the project helps the structures blend in with their surroundings
The atmosphere here is very relaxed and casual, typical to a tropical retreatView in gallery
The atmosphere here is very relaxed and casual, typical to a tropical retreat
Some structures are built at ground level while others are raised off the ground and offer amazing viewsView in gallery
Some structures are built at ground level while others are raised off the ground and offer amazing views
Slender spiral staircases on the outside of the structures connect them to the groundView in gallery
Slender spiral staircases on the outside of the structures connect them to the ground
The treetop hotel offers a unique and memorable experience in more than one wayView in gallery
The treetop hotel offers a unique and memorable experience in more than one way
The individual suites have access to small balconies with wonderful viewsView in gallery
The individual suites have access to small balconies with wonderful views
The overall style of the hotel is eclectic, with the skeletons being very industrial lookingView in gallery
The overall style of the hotel is eclectic, with the skeletons being very industrial looking
The tall trees provide shading as well as privacy and fill the entire siteView in gallery
The tall trees provide shading as well as privacy and fill the entire site
Not all the areas share the same style which gives each section a unique identityView in gallery
Not all the areas share the same style which gives each section a unique identity