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Alexis Dornier on Architectural Experimentation and his New Venture, Stilt Studios

Alexis Dornier on Architectural Experimentation and his New Venture, Stilt Studios

“It all started with the question: What if I’m going to build my own house?" It was this consideration that prompted Alexis Dornier to note that when he's providing architectural design service he's mostly catering, filtering and catalyzing input from other people that have budgets, preferences and tastes and it’s up to him to channel or organize that and let it "stream through" him. Using his craft to put it in order. "But what if you did not have that other hand [designer's help]? What would you do?”

Archdaily’s Hana Abdel, projects curator, sat down with Alexis Dornier to discuss his latest venture as co-founder of Stilt Studios, a company “focused on making Architectural design accessible to a greater audience of people. People who wouldn’t be able to afford an architect or don’t want to go through the trouble of working with an architect. So, what if we could create a product, or an architecture that almost works as a product.”

Canggu Garden -  A grown-up, sophisticated version of your favorite childhood treehouse. By elevating our studios on stilts, Stilt Studios maximize views up top while leaving the ground below minimally impacted to honor our philosophy of treading lightly on the Earth. . Image © KIETreehouse B (Multi-Level). Image © KIETreehouse A. Image © KIETreehouse B (Multi-Level). Image © KIE+ 33

Canggu Garden -  A grown-up, sophisticated version of your favorite childhood treehouse. By elevating our studios on stilts, Stilt Studios maximize views up top while leaving the ground below minimally impacted to honor our philosophy of treading lightly on the Earth. . Image © KIE
Canggu Garden - A grown-up, sophisticated version of your favorite childhood treehouse. By elevating our studios on stilts, Stilt Studios maximize views up top while leaving the ground below minimally impacted to honor our philosophy of treading lightly on the Earth. . Image © KIE
Canggu Garden Master Plan
Canggu Garden Master Plan

Though his empathic and fluid design process, Alexis Dornier works on proposing quality living in a scalable, quick, and affordable way, “moving from expensive to experiential”. Within Stilt Studio’s Canggu Garden, stilted prefab volumes and spaces blend into their surrounding and suggest various design solutions, while maintaining “room for improvement and on the go development […] With the Stilt Studios project, we’re just curious and experimenting a lot”.

Treehouse B (Multi-Level). Image © KIE
Treehouse B (Multi-Level). Image © KIE

There are many layers to the project from the deliberation on the ecological impact of the units, to the development of a “Placeless Architecture that can be adapted to different areas” and cater to different clients.

Treehouse A. Image © KIE
Treehouse A. Image © KIE

“It’s about understanding what people aspire to, what kind of motivation they have and then weaving that into [the architect’s] artistic expression or curiosity. So instead of working against or for somebody; I would like to work with people.”

Canggu Garden - The breezy elevated structures offer a unique off-the-ground experience that emphasizes natural light and play with space to create a stunning framework for memories. Accessed via stylish spiral staircases that wind around the stilts, each studio features an air-conditioned bedroom, bathroom, and common area, with large windows featuring unparalleled 360-degree views. . Image © KIE
Canggu Garden - The breezy elevated structures offer a unique off-the-ground experience that emphasizes natural light and play with space to create a stunning framework for memories. Accessed via stylish spiral staircases that wind around the stilts, each studio features an air-conditioned bedroom, bathroom, and common area, with large windows featuring unparalleled 360-degree views. . Image © KIE
Treehouse A First Level
Treehouse A First Level
Treehouse A Interior. Image © KIE
Treehouse A Interior. Image © KIE

Through the conversation, Alexis Dornier further explains how Architecture and product design can correlate and offer opportunities to explore. The treehouses are also meant to suggest a balance between vernacular know-how and new technologies, with the ulterior purpose to provide living solutions that can later on be adapted to a less romantic setting and still offer good quality of living to inhabitants and users.

Canggu Garden - There are two styles: single-level or multi-level, with variations in the size of the roof overhang, which enhances natural shade. All the single-level units feature open balconies, while the multi-level units emphasize open facade for a more natural approach to the Canggu Garden site landscape.. Image © KIE
Canggu Garden - There are two styles: single-level or multi-level, with variations in the size of the roof overhang, which enhances natural shade. All the single-level units feature open balconies, while the multi-level units emphasize open facade for a more natural approach to the Canggu Garden site landscape.. Image © KIE
Treehouse B Section
Treehouse B Section

The next experimental field will be the Uluwatu Village boasting stilted recreational spaces and pool as well as some new forms readapted to the arbored site.

Treehouse A. Image © KIE
Treehouse A. Image © KIE

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Cite: Hana Abdel. "Alexis Dornier on Architectural Experimentation and his New Venture, Stilt Studios" 16 Nov 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/951464/alexis-dornier-on-architectural-experimentation-and-his-new-venture-stilt-studios> ISSN 0719-8884

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