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OMA completes Potato Head Studios resort in Bali

Architecture firm OMA has designed a luxury resort called Potato Head Studios in Bali around a plaza that is open to the public.
The Potato Head Studios resort is the latest addition to the Desa Potato Head village, which comprises a beach club and two hotels in Balinese beach town Seminyak. It is OMA's first hotel on the Indonesian island.

The firm developed the project to usurp the private typology of resorts in tropical locations.
Alongside guest amenities, it has a number of areas that are accessible to the public including an exhibition space, bar and a plaza for hosting cultural events.

"The Potato Head Studios is a resort for open engagement rather than private consumption," said OMA.
"It is a new space for the community where visitors of all kinds ? hotel guests and the general public ? experience contemporary Balinese culture, while making it."
To achieve this, OMA has located the majority of facilities in a structure that is elevated above the ground and arranged in a square shape. This allows for an open, public plaza at ground level that leads to the beach at the rear.
The entrance to the plaza, meanwhile, is covered by another elevated block that holds the public route inside and features a private roof garden on top.

Restaurants, pools, spas, an exhibition space and a bar are all located in the main structure, alongside the suite of identical guestrooms. On top, there is a large public rooftop with views to the sea that is accessed by ...

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