Sweeping 250 metres along a bustling beach side street, the Sahid Kuta Lifestyle Resort offers a new Lifestyle hub typology. The project covers 3.2 hectares, contains two zones: the ‘Beachwalk’ retail lifestyle hub and the 5-star Sheraton Hotel Kuta Bali Resort. The design concept was inspired by the terraced paddy fields that dot the Balinese landscape.
The name ‘Beachwalk’ is suggestive of a sensory dimension. Semi-open and naturally ventilated, Beachwalk consists of a series of terraced landscaped plates that create a ‘soft’ environment and serve as viewing decks. The looping circulation eliminates dead-end spaces. Roofs take the shape of a local farmer’s hat. Hanging vines and water channels contribute to the resort atmosphere.
A traditional Balinese atmosphere is underlined by the incorporation of locally and environmentally friendly materials along with a rainwater collection and water recycling system for landscaped areas. Beachwalk’s indoor retail alfresco areas are lined with locally produced terracotta floor tiles that mimic timber and juxtaposed against colour-stained exposed stone aggregate concrete flooring that features an abstracted floral ‘lotus’ motif. The use of traditional rattan weaving techniques, or anyamen, for ceiling treatments underpin the ambience of this area. For long-term functionality and maintenance, the anyamen ceilings are made from a non-toxic biodegradable polymer that is aesthetically similar to the natural material. Timber features in recycled ulin and teak contribute to the tropical look and feel. Every effort was made to avoid the unnecessary cutting down of trees.
Another notable feature is the set of ‘sky gardens’ above the garden island pod in the oasis. On the first level, one can submerge oneself in garden spaces filled with various species of Balinese flora. It linked by sky bridges that connect the farthest reaches of level one.