Villa – Merbau

Project: Villa Merbau
Location: Selong Belanak, Lombok
Client: Private
Credits: MSA
A bespoke 7-bedroom residence in South Lombok, Indonesia, perched in the secluded hills of Jabon, overlooking Selong Belanak beach. The Indonesian residence is designed to make the most of the spectacular rolling hills setting.
This discreet hideaway takes its structure by combining solid and void spaces and is conceived from two single height elongated boxes, in a geometrically minimalistic composition to provide privacy and openness, simultaneously.
Indonesian architectural accents and sustainable materials are used to complement the design, highlighted by its local palaman limestone facade, together with Bankiray timber flooring, doors and windows. The bedrock excavated for the house was reused to create site retaining walls, foot paths and garden planters. This approach is also reiterated in the local flora on site which was harvested and cultivated in a greenhouse that were later sowed over the site’s excavated areas.
Maleo meaning “Native bird of Indonesia” was given to the project fitting for its location by local Indonesians.
The seven bedroom residence includes two, one bedroom self-contained suites separated by an external courtyard and elevated platform. Large living and dining rooms including an open kitchen and butler prep kitchen. Exterior space includes large open deckings, a fire pit, an infinity pool and a wellness yoga studio.