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Nothing epitomizes a resort in the tropics more than a pavilion-style villa set amidst lush, tropical greenery.

With the lines between inside and out blurred, there is a strong sense of being a part of the natural environment. It is exactly this ambiance that architect Alessandro Landi has created at these new villas in Seminyak, Bali.

Developed by Much More Bali, the villas feature suites that maximize the picturesque green backdrop. Bedrooms and bathrooms open out to secluded courtyards where privacy is assured. In the bathrooms there are full-height glass walls that bring the outdoors in.

The interiors are defined by contrasting textural elements, which include a backlit onyx partition and inserts on the headboards, mirror panels, ebony wood veneer, black glass and black granite.

Further visual interest is created by walls featuring vertical slabs of dark granite in polished, honed and flamed finishes. The contrasting textures and random patterning also forge a link with the natural world beyond – in places the stone walls extend out through to the courtyard.

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"I have used frameless glass doors wherever possible," says Landi. "This helps to keep the look streamlined and contemporary, and ensures the outlook is uncluttered."

Black glass features in both the bedrooms and bathrooms. In one bedroom, it forms the headboard, bringing a reflective quality to the room. In the bathroom, it forms the bases of the vanity cabinets.

"Here, again, textures play an important role," says Landi. "Some of the vanities with black glass bases also have translucent glass shelving. The glass is contrasted by dark granite tops – light versus heavy, dark versus light."

Other vanities have an ebony wood veneer cabinet, cantilevered from the wall. This enhances the sense of space and light.

Bronze mirror panels are another reflective material adding visual depth to the interior. In one bedroom, floor-to-ceiling mirrored panels conceal a bank of wardrobes.

To counter the linear look of the contemporary architecture, Landi specified sculptural furniture with rounded forms and circular area rugs.

"The curves help to soften the hard lines," he says. "They give the interior a very warm, welcoming look."

Landi also injected accents of bright color – one villa features blue-green sofas and furnishings, while another is in lemon tones.

Rooms are set out so there is a clear line of sight from one end to the other. With all the doors open, there is an uninterrupted view right through the interior to the outdoors.

First published date: 03 October 2013

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Architect Alessandro Landi, Landi Designs
Builder IWM Constructions
Doors and windows Frameless tempered glass by Dekkson with OMG hardware
Flooring Polished Black Impala granite
Wallcoverings Granite feature walls in polished/flamed/honed finish; mirror; ebony veneer
Paints Kem-Tone
Furniture Custom made designs by Landi Designs
Paintings Alessandro Landi
Bathtubs, basins, faucets, shower fittings and toilets Toto
Tub surround Black granite and black glass
Vanities Wood with black granite tops and ebony veneer and black glass trim