Svarga Resort
Batulayar, Indonesia
A steep and rocky contour defined the arrangement of building spaces in this twenty-five-unit Resort. Elements were sliced or punched to give space to existing coconut trees: out of hundreds, only thirteen were eliminated and replaced. Local materials were used in a construction process applying traditional techniques and environmental impact was limited through minimum cut and fill, with some natural rock layers remaining exposed as a part of architecture and interior. An open-plan design allows natural thermal control and natural elements, such as plants acting as shading canopy, and as walls and fences, were integrated. The pursuit of healthy tourism reinforces the focus on Islamic values, enhanced by an alcohol-free restaurant offering halal food.

Source: Aga Khan Trust for Culture
Batulayar, Indonesia
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Completed 2013
4,500 m²
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