They have lost ourselves. On a deserted, black lava sand beach, in high, foaming waves, in a deep jungle of palm trees and sweet melancholic thoughts. They are in Pekutatan, in the west of Bali, where mountains explode, the sun blazes above the sea, and the LOST LINDENBERG digs its roots deep into the sand. This is the fourth LINDENBERG project, this time impossibly far from Frankfurt and based on the motto same same, but different.
”With Bali as our first international destination, we deliberately wanted to subvert expectations. Our foundations for the project were the remoteness of a plot of land surrounded by temples, and an eternally long, unspoiled lava sand beach, all far from Bali’s usual tourist infrastructure. No honeymoon kitsch, no infinity-pool-Insta-architecture, no yoga dogma, no compromises. Instead, pure nature, shared surfing, the greatest little adventures, immersion in a fascinating culture, a communal dinner table, and homegrown pineapples,“ says Denise Omurca, one of the creative forces behind the project.
If the spirits of the temple on the property so desire it, the LOST LINDENBERG will be opening in the rainy season of 2021. There are only eight rooms, meticulously planned with the ambition of seclusion. Architect Alexis Dornier explains, ”Our core values in the architecture are hard-to-forget experiences amongst the palm trees, a flying village, community, and attention to detail. In Indonesian, Rumah Panggung means ‘houses on stilts’. These interconnected and intertwined yet separate residential units play with the tension between community and retreat, togetherness and solitude. The merging of traditional looking roof silhouettes with contemporary design, a play of light through the treetops“.
As with the other LINDENBERG houses, the guest collective experience is set around communal areas. Unpretentious. Close to nature. Philanthropic. With its own waves in front of the door, and only a stone‘s throw away from the world-famous surf break, Medewi. The small, vegan restaurant uses only Balinese vegetables and fruits, some of which are homegrown. If the papaya does not come to us, we will go to the papaya.