When the much loved Urchin restaurant in Seminyak closed its doors in 2016, it was sad times for anyone who’d been. Amazing food, great cocktails – it’s been missed.
But sure enough, good things come to those who wait. A mere four years later head chef Steven Skelly is back and opening up a new spot in Canggu, Hurrah!
We’ve designed the architecture and interiors for the new space, which includes an open cooking area, sit up eating bar, a regular bar and terrace area.
Construction started in March this year, so get prepared for your belly to be happy again you very soon.
Tropicola at it again
Tropicola is in the running for another design award. This time the beach club has been entered in the international Restaurant & Bar Design Awards 2019.
The shortlist will be posted on the 18th June with the winners announced at the event in London on the 3rd October.
On behalf of our client M Development, we've had the pleasure of teaming up with James Brown once again. We worked with James on the Tropicola beach club last year. This time, we are collaborating on the design of these four townhouses located in Berawa, Canggu.
If you're in the market for a home in Bali, you may want to wait until you've seen these. We hope to break ground in late 2019.
Renovations - easy right?
Renovation projects. From the outset, they seem straight forward enough (building’s already there, what could go wrong?) but they rarely are. We’re all for them because they’re one of the most sustainable ways to build. But inevitably lots of things come up with an existing building that you can’t foresee.
We’ve been working away at this renovation project of the new Masillia villas in Seminyak for a few months now. There were 10 bedrooms over three tired looking properties. Our job was to bring all three up to scratch for today’s savvy travelers, within a very tight time frame. It’s been a push, but the first two villas are now finished and looking glorious. We worked with Bali Landscaping Company on the tropical gardens. And all materials, finishing's and furniture were sourced and handmade right here in Bali, giving all future guests the all-round island crafted feel.
Two down, one more to go.
A container park in Barbados? Yes.
Inspired by the shipping container malls by Boxpark in London, our client wanted to come up with a similar type of social experience, but in Barbados. So we’re in the midst of developing a concept which shows off the shipping container in all its urban, industrial glory. But in a way that also brings in the sunshine and tropical lushness of the Caribbean.
We’re planning for the finished build to have two main zones –a food and beverage section with a live music stage. And a technology hub - with offices, co-working spaces, meeting rooms and shared areas for young creatives and entrepreneurs setting up in business. We’re hoping construction starts soon - site visit to the Caribbean anyone?
Dive all day, sleep all night
Divers, snorkelers and anyone who likes the sound of 3800m2 of pristine beach, we think this might be for you. We’ve started design work on a special new dive resort on the north-coast of Nusa Penida island. Construction for the resort starts at the end of 2019. They plan to open with some rooms, a restaurant, bar and the dive centre first. Then more rooms, a spa and the yoga pavilion finished by the end of 2020.
Nusa Penida is one of the best dive and snorkeling spots around Bali. Its attracted day trippers for a while now, who come to see the manta rays, whale sharks and Mola-Mola that can be seen all year round. If you ever find yourself in the area and fancy a visit to the island, you can find out more about Nusa Penida below.
The Bali villa brand on everyone’s lips
Mandala is the villa brand about town. Through their properties in Canggu, Uluwatu and Lembongan they’ve built a reputation for pretty exceptional villa stays. Now on their list – the newest Mandala in Berawa.
We’ve designed this latest high-end 5 bedroom property to be suitable for group stays, retreats and events. We’ll be breaking ground later this year and should be finishing by the end of 2020. So if you’ve got a wedding or event in the planning, this place will probably be worth the wait.
The Yak loves…
The 14th annual Yak awards were held this year at Morabito Beach in Berawa, Bali. We’re chuffed to see that two of our recently finished beach club projects won awards on the night. Ulu Cliffhouse for 'Best Newcomer 2018' and Tropicola won 'Best Interior Design of a Restaurant'. Very well-deserved ladies and gents.
Staying true Italiano
Our latest restaurant collaboration with the guys at Bottega Italiana is now open. This fourth branch is on Jalan Pantai Berawa in Canggu. The space is designed with an open kitchen, their signature arched windows and a concrete spiral staircase leading to an upper level. A pasta making station sits in the centre of the space, so customers can witness their fresh pasta in the making. The design, colours, material palette and finishes all tie in to their other locations, staying true to what the Bottega brand is about.
Get into the Habitas
Your surf trips down South are about to get better.
Travel brand Habitas have already been making waves with their resort in Tulum and members Clubhouses in New York and Venice Beach. So we’re very pleased that we’ll be working with them on one of their upcoming spaces – Habitas Bingin.
A renovation and re-design of an existing property, Habitas Bingin will be a 10 bedroom boutique hotel overlooking the Dreamlands beach. We’ll be working closely with their in-house creative team in the US and Mexico, project managing things here on the ground. Construction is planned to start later this year. In the meantime, you can take a look at some of the other Habitas properties and projects right by clicking below.