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Innit Lombok is three Indonesian architects’ vision of an escape into nature

andramatin and d-associates architects design a nature-centred luxury resort that celebrates Lombok’s unique offerings and context.

Innit Lombok is three Indonesian architects’ vision of an escape into nature

Photography by Olha Romaniuk

Unlike the neighbouring islands of Bali and Gili that have grown overpopulated over the years with throngs of leisure seekers, Lombok remains a relatively untouched gem that attracts a different kind of tourist. It is here where the beauty of local nature still thrives in a largely unaltered state. 

The idea of offering a different kind of tourist destination is driving a handful of developers and hoteliers to introduce pockets of Lombok to travellers seeking experiences beyond the traditional definitions of luxury. As the trend toward sustainable tourism continues to grow, these experiences and destinations not only attract increasingly eco-conscious guests, but also continue to redefine the luxury travel market.

Innit Lombok lounge

One such unique destination that not only advertises but lives by the principles of sustainable luxury is Innit Lombok. From the very beginning, property owner Michal Tyles and Indonesian anrchitects Andra Matin, Gregorius Supie Yolodi and Maria Rosantina shared a common vision for the architectural approach to an untouched but topographically challenging piece of land that the owner had acquired years ago. The result is a mindful intervention that draws inspiration and materiality from its location and aims to disturb the surrounding context as little as possible.

Approaching the resort from the sea, a feeling of seclusion and peacefulness is palpable as Innit Lombok reveals itself subtly. Seven beachfront villas nestled along a strip of sand and an adjacent infinity pool and restaurant gently rest next to the surrounding hills. 

Innit Lombok

“We wanted the resort to be attached to the context of its place and surroundings, with its design and all its activities revolving around nature,” says Gregorius Supie Yolodi of d-associates architect. “We intentionally conceptualised the resort so there would be minimal adjustment to the topography, and the hotel and the villas would be positioned to respect the contours of the land and sit on top of, rather than be carved into, the surrounding landscape.”

Slated to open in stages over the next several years, the resort has been designed in four main clusters: the beachfront villas opened this year, and the future hillside villas, the Bridge hotel and the spa that will be located at the highest point of a hill for best views. 

Photography by Olha Romaniuk

“There were a few studies that we did during the design phase with respect to the placement of the villas and the facilities on top of the land and along its contours, rather than cutting into it,” explains Yolodi. “Visitors at the resort will have different experiences based on specific locations of the villas and the hotel. For example, the hotel will feel like it’s hanging like a bridge and will give you the best spot to view the sunset, with unobstructed sights of the ocean.”

The emphasis on the views and the nature drove much of the design of Innit Lombok with different architectural elements serving as either a backdrop or a framing element of different vistas. Case and point, the rectangular outdoor pool has been laid out on a direct axis with the semi-outdoor beachfront restaurant, where the central communal-style dining table aligns to the pool. Concrete columns supporting the restaurant roof frame the pool and the hillside backdrop behind it. 

Innit Lombok poolside

The seven beachfront villas were inspired by simple, modern and purist forms that allowed the architecture to recede into the background and let nature remain at the forefront of the experience. The lower half of the villas features a semi-outdoor kitchen and living area in which principal architects Gregorius Supie Yolodi and Maria Rosantina of d-associates architect incorporated white sand flooring to create an integrated connection to the outdoors. 

The architects also designed the master bedroom and bathroom on the upper floor to be sheltered from the sun. A sleek vertical wooden slat screen system addresses privacy, but can also be opened up to reveal unobstructed views of the sea.

Innit Lombok bedroom

Utilised in the design was a selection of materials from the surrounding area, like local wood (Rajumas wood normally used for boat construction), stone, concrete and terrazzo, applying construction methods that could be executed by local construction workers. “These workers are natives whom are gradually trained to construct these buildings,” explains Yolodi. “This fostered a positive relationship between Innit Lombok’s presence in the region and the local population.”

A proud manifestation of its context with all its conditions, environment, and inhabitants, Innit Lombok’s design walks a respectful line of blending with the nature with minimal impact to the surrounds. Here, true luxury lies in living side by side with nature, giving a true meaning to the ‘less is more’ aesthetic and providing a one-of-a-kind escapism from the mundane.

Photography courtesy of Martin Westlake, unless otherwise specified

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