The extensive use of kwila timber and imported merbau joinery from Bali further reinforces the resort ambience. At the front of the house, kwila battens on the upper facade fold down and under to form the ceiling of the breezeway and covered walkway. This ceiling follows the central axis, extending into the dining room where it stops at the edge of a double-height void.
"The slatted timber element helps to blur the line between inside and out, enhancing the sense of a tropical pavilion," says Bradley. "For visual continuity, we repeated the ceiling, which is almost like an upside-down deck, above the kitchen."
The central axis, including the breezeway, leads through a series of courtyards on each side of the house, which provides cross ventilation. In addition, the main living area opens up to the pool much like a traditional Balinese pavilion.
"The corner of this room is free of columns, so the full-height glazed doors can be opened to provide a living space that is virtually an outdoor room," says Bradley. "This space leads onto a floating deck that appears to hover above the ground. As there are no balustrades, the deck is quite dramatic and there is nothing obstructing the view of the ocean."
The architect also played with differing levels around the pool to minimise the need for pool fencing. A lowered ground level means the pool wall is the required height for safety purposes, yet the water and the infinity edge is still at eye level when viewed from inside. There is also a stand-alone outdoor entertaining pavilion, with the seating on a level with the top of the pool.