Katamama by Andra Matin


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From the architect. Katamama, the first hotel by PTT Family, the group behind the world-renowned Potato Head Beach Club, gives its parent company a different and bigger canvas to display its creativity and vision. A rare project involving handcrafted custom work on a large scale, Katamama is a truly bespoke creation.

Renowned Indonesian architect and long-time PTT Family collaborator Andra Matin has designed Katamama, with interiors a partnership between Ronald Akili, CEO of PTT Family, the PTT Family Creative Team and the Singapore-based design company Takenouchi Webb.

Contemporary design elements pay reference to the Balinese lifestyle and lush green gardens that reflect the natural beauty of the island. The exterior of Katamama takes its cues from the Balinese building practice of tri angga, a concept where the spatial structure reflects harmony between the building and its occupants.

Katamama features an elevated lobby allowing guests to view the pool and surrounding landscape. Rooms that occupy the lower floor are described as “introverted” by Matin, with a secluded view to the garden. His vision for the building was to allow guests to see a different angle of the landscape from every level of the hotel.

“The idea behind Katamama was to represent Bali. It should feel Balinese, but modern at the same time. The main concept is actually the ‘modern’ architecture of 60s and 70s. It’s very geometrical. And these days, when almost every hotel in Bali is planned with the curved lines, it’s quite unusual,” says Matin.

As one of Indonesia’s leading entrepreneurs, Akili is known for his passion for the mid-century look and Katamama’s interiors, fixtures and furnishings reflects this craft-focused take on hospitality. The raw brick of the walls are highlighted in the suites and wide boards of teak are used for the flooring. Other wall finishes include solid-timber slats and a rough pale coloured plaster. The main spaces of the suites are designed to be as open as possible with the bathroom separated by a set of decorative sliding panels that can open to make the bathroom part of the main space. Each bedroom looks out onto a balcony terrace with a day-bed, table and chairs and becomes an extension of the room, with the same hand-made brick material extending out from the room wall.

Architects: Andra Matin
Location: Jl. Petitenget No.51, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia
PROJECT TEAM MEMBERS : Patisandhika Sidarta, Ady Putra Sanjaya, Hendra Irwanto, Ayudya Paramitha
Client: PTT Family
Area: 6000.0 sqm
Project Year: 2015
Manufacturers: Toto, Schüco, Dirija Surya, CV Harton
Interior Designer (Guest Rooms): Takenouchi Webb
Project Team (Guest Rooms): Marc Webb, Naoko Takenouchi, Gosia Tchorz, Star Abriz
Interior Designer (Public Areas) : PTT Family in-house team
Project Team (Public Areas): Ronald Akili, Margareta Amelia Miranti, Ade Herkarisma, Sashia Rosari
Builder: PT Isa Development
C&S Engineer: Hadi Jahja
M&E Engineer: PT Aman Pratama Consultants
Landscape Constructor: Larch Studio
Lighting Consultant: Switch
Photographs: Martin Westlake

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