Simple Serene Spaces. Created to Transport you Faraway.
A Mid-Century Modern Escape.
Upon arrival at the Bali Modern House, your senses will be awakened by the purity, spirit, and timelessness of the extraordinary landscape. Your visions of an exotic get-away start to awaken and you may find yourself asking “Am I in Seattle?” The 6,600 SF private compound surrounds an iconic 1954 mid-century modern house designed by architect Ibsen Nelsen, FAIA (Museum of Flight).
While preserving key elements of the architectural purity of its watershed era, Bali Modern House's brilliant renovation by Mitchell Smith Design Build ushers into our new century. The current design opened additional interior spaces, connecting them with their environs. Fresh finishes impart touches of today's luxury while new systems promise future durability. The compound's extensive private grounds have been transformed through wabi-sabi aesthetics into an array of landscaped rooms amplified by the gentle rippling sounds of the Japanese inspired koi ponds. A setting reminiscent of the famous Kyoto Gardens.
The haven is an exotic escape that makes each day at home a splendid vacation. And the compound is as suitable for a private yoga retreat - or as it is for a celebration with over 150 guests.
Your Next Staycation Begins Now.
Bali Modern House embraces all four edges of its private world, a sanctuary delivering sequential layers of comfort, relaxation, delight. Click Here to download the Bali Modern House Floorplan to guide you through your tour.
A Japanese-style Gate House-shelter, anchored by towering mature trees and decorated with garlands of ivy welcomes you, offering you cover from inclement weather. The East gate house entry is also a perch to contemplate the Zen Garden, positioned for privacy and terraced for slight separation from the city street. Hopefully, you leave the day's worries here.
A short, rough-hewn wooden walkway -notched respectfully around a mature oak sentinel - whisks you past the Moss Garden toward the Tibetan-Red entrance to the Main House. Enter the house, but notice to your right its discrete entrance to the Studio/Garage, placed for separation from the Main House for those who work from home and command contemplative privacy.
Inside the front door, expansive living spaces include a living room with wood-burning fireplace and a smartly-appointed chef's kitchen. Paperstone eco-friendly kitchen counters - black - are flanked by stoic hand-carved Indonesian columns and host a vintage Thermador built-in gas grill. The oak custom cabinetry was repurposed by Mitchell Smith from a Blue Ridge mid-century. Striking architectural details include a windowed dining area, sliding entertainment wall doors, bathroom tub and wall all made from teak incorporating true mid-century modern Danish design, a subtle touch of luxury.
Designer lighting hovers discreetly below high ceilings. Floors throughout the home are finished in large-format Pental porcelain tile - charcoal gray tones with Nubuck leather-grain finish - invite your touch no less than the moss garden outside. Exposed fir beams support unpainted car-decking throughout, piercing the exterior walls to form the 240 SF -Frank Lloyd Wright characteristic overhangs also known as Loggia. From the Loggia, please enjoy the South Garden Courtyard’s blossoming rhododendrons and camellias. They create a peaceful outdoor spa-setting surrounding the comfy hammock.
Beyond the kitchen, the Koi Pond with 16' long waterfall beckons guests to the North Outdoor Dining Room. Handcrafted by Mitchell Smith himself of solid fir planks, this outdoor space is suited for al fresco dining for large groups. It has been featured in various popular design publications.
Indoors, two efficient bedrooms with views of the natural courtyard and outdoor vignettes share a skylit bathroom that are always perfectly pleasant; especially after Mitchell Smith fitted each with deluxe and space-saving custom wooden closet built-ins. Dual staircases elevate you to the upper West Garden Pavilion overlooking the natural stacked stone koi pond.
Like every room in the Main House, each bedroom includes one exterior doorway. The first bedroom opens beneath the protection of its south Loggia. The second bedroom's door (and window-wall) swings onto a petite patio, with the Bamboo Garden beyond. Each of Bali Modern House's six exterior doorways retains original Nelsen-specified solid core doors with vintage copper air seal trim.
Timber bamboo defines the organic architecture of Outdoor Living Area's "walls" where a spherical fire pit of black steel sits atop a circular stone paver pad around which friends gather. This West Pavilion Gathering Space which currently supports a 250-year-old intricately carved Javanese Joglo, would be an equally apt footing for a new modernist pergola.
Nestled between a Douglas fir and cedar tree sits a chill Spa that features a 5-person hot tub. One of the best viewpoints of the home cast with willowing bamboo shadows offers yet another space to relax, socialize, or contemplate your day. Architectural fencing inspired by Kyoto gardens completes the compound's perimeter, promising peaceful privacy.
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