Chameleons are known for blending into their surroundings — and this villa, named for the camouflaging reptile, is no different. Located in a village in southwest coastal Bali and with a perfect view across dense and picturesque forest, Villa Chameleon blurs the boundaries between natural and built environments.
It’s designed by the internationally-renowned architects Word of Mouth, and sits on a steep bank. Stretching down to a river, that runs the western length of the property, there is a staggering 11-metre difference between the arrival area and the foot of the property.
Villa Chameleon was inspired and created with the notion of ‘landscaped architecture’ in mind. The result is a home quite unlike any other, a structure that appears to be a part of the land itself, disappearing within and emerging from the surroundings — like a certain type of lizard.
And, as per traditional Balinese architecture, the different pavilions perform different functions, and all living spaces are open to the elements — whereas the more private spaces, such as the office, gym and media rooms, are can be closed.
The materials used comprise largely of natural and locally-sourced materials, meaning that not only could local suppliers and artisans be involved in the building process, but the house also has a minimal carbon footprint.
And, in adopting this approach, the materials used and renewable energy systems installed the house help it blend into the Balinese forest even more effectively. It’s natural living at the height of luxury – efficient, innovative, and unquestionably chameleonic.
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