Origami House / Alexis Dornier

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  • Architects: Alexis Dornier
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  450
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers:  Sika, Grohe, Acor, Franke, LG Electronics, Tecnogas, Toto
  • Interior Design: Alexis Dornier
  • Collaborators: Jonas Ruf (Kitchen)
  • City: Ubud
  • Country: Indonesia
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Origami House  / Alexis Dornier - Chair, Garden, Patio, Courtyard
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Text description provided by the architects. Folded pavilion structure embracing texture and craft, and confluence of interior and exterior. Various cubic volumes connecting to it in all directions.

Origami House  / Alexis Dornier - Image 3 of 51
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Standing on a seemingly solid plinth, the pavilion gives shelter from heavy tropical rain falls and sun, while enabling full, unobstructed enjoyment of the lush surrounding of rice fields and jungle.

Origami House  / Alexis Dornier - Beam
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The pavilion is a wood clad space truss made of steel and decked with traditional teak wood shingles.

Origami House  / Alexis Dornier - Patio, Deck
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Different cross sections of cantilevering A-frames create a sequence of warped surfaces that give the ceiling its character. The roof shelters communal activities and emphasizes a place of gathering.

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As further reading suggests the house has two fronts, meaning its side-front and its front-front, both translated into the load bearing, and shape giving structure of its roof. The ceiling is a timber grate enabling airflow, resulting in a comfortable climate, even on hot days.

Origami House  / Alexis Dornier - Brick
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Under the stone covered concrete base, that also holds the pool, one finds 2 bedrooms, the lower double height loft like living room, and a separately accessed studio, more deck space and garden flowing alongside a winding creek.


The 3 dimensional distribution and orientation of spaces seeks to maximize privacy for each room and space offered in the residence, at the same time provides different places of gathering and activity. Like a village in a house, the spaces form a compound - reinterpreting traditional way of Balinese compound living.

Origami House  / Alexis Dornier - Chair, Courtyard
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Nearly all surfaces are clad with 'Baligreen' a type of strongly textured sand stone. Diagonally cut and mirrored stone plates create are a strongly articulated texture for floors and walls to reflect the folded ceiling planes of the pavilion. Recycled teak wood and iron wood floors were embedded into the stone floors at areas of resting and playing.

Origami House  / Alexis Dornier - Bedroom
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To emphasize the sensation of open living, the facade can be vastly opened at convenience, to enjoy the space beneath palm trees in a lush tropical environment.

Origami House  / Alexis Dornier - Table, Chair, Windows, Beam, Patio
Courtesy of Alexis Dornier

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Cite: "Origami House / Alexis Dornier" 11 May 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/786982/origami-house-alexis-dornier> ISSN 0719-8884

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