OMA has unveiled its first hotel in Bali, called Potato Head Studios. Located on one of the last remaining unoccupied beach fronts in Seminyak, the resort focuses on public engagement rather than private consumption. Potato Head Studios is a new space that creates a community where visitors of all kind — both hotel guests and the general public — can experience contemporary Balinese culture “while making it.”
Created with the Indonesian context in mind, the open platform on the first floor and private garden on the second evoke the raised courtyards of Indonesia, while the façade design of corridors was inspired by the Balinese “Tika,” or divination calendar. A floating ring lifted by piers accommodates the guest rooms and leads to the beach, whereas the rooftop serves as a public space and sculpture park.
“The essence of Bali lies in interaction between different cultures,” OMA partner David Gianotten says. “Our design for the Potato Head Studios offers both private guest rooms and facilities, and public spaces to encourage exchange between different kinds of users. It challenges the typical Balinese resort typology that highlights exclusivity.”
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Potato Head Studios
Jl. Petitenget No.51B
Seminyak, Kec. Kuta Utara
Bali 80361, Indonesia