Tiny Tetra House: Eco-Friendly Architecture in Bali


Surrounded by Bali’s greenery and sunsets, a new prefabricated tiny house is set to be constructed in Uluwatu using recycled waste materials.

Photos by: Stilt Studios

The Tiny Tetra House is only a 64sqm house elevated 40cm off the ground, but it boasts an impeccable interior design and is fully equipped with the convenience of living amenities featuring customised furniture that includes a bedroom, bathroom and kitchen.

The architecture design firm Stilt Studios is the mastermind of the creation of this uniquely designed tiny home, which is set to commence the construction this month. The project’s prototype will be built on the Sunset Farm in Uluwatu – an ideal location as this southernmost part of Bali offers beautiful nature, green surroundings, and one of the best spots for enjoying the sunset on the Island of Gods.

“It will take six weeks to complete the project. We use eco-friendly materials to create a beautiful yet sustainable home in contemporary design. The construction will take only six weeks, as most elements used are prefabricated,” Florian Holm, co-founder and CEO at Stilt Studios, says.

He further explains that a prefabricated building means the majority of its parts are constructed off-site in industrial workshops. Therefore, all the process will save time, minimise costs, reduce waste, and improve the quality of work.

“We have a certain range of parameters, like using resourcefully recycled waste materials, significantly decreasing footprint, and being design-driven innovation,” Alexis Dornier, co-founder and chief of designer at Stilt Studios, says .

The project will use corrugated sheets made of recycled beverage cartons to make the roof and walls.

The recycled cartons are resourceful for poly roof panels, as they are made of 23 per cent of plastic while the aluminium from the carton packaging.

“The aluminium layers are 100 per cent waterproof and the poly roof sheets create insulating effects and noise reduction. And the sloping roof will channel rainwater through the designed structural system, which can store the water for later use, like watering the surrounding garden,” Dornier further explains.

The characteristics of the recycled materials, particularly in the corrugated and flat sheets indeed create the comfort of a one-of-a-kind yet cosy interior living space. Meanwhile, the house’s frame view corridors and diagonally oriented floor plan will make nice space that exudes outward into the exterior.

There are openings under the canopy that will allow passing cooling to come through; and openable large façade panels will provide a cross-ventilation, thus opening up the entire space.

The blend of the open facades and the interior part will truly make the Tiny Tetra House an elegant small house that creates the illusion of being more spacious.

The quest to create architectural structures that combine a distinct design with a minimal environmental impact is what inspired Holm and Dornier to build this unique house. “It’s about being sustainable and resourceful. Tiny Tetra House is where you can have a comfortable stay while you preserve the environment for future generations,” Holm says.

Stilt Studios was born when the entrepreneur Holm, and the architect and the designer Dornier met in 2018. The firm’s first project was the construction of Dornier’s custom-designed villa in Canggu. The Tiny Tetra is basically their second project under Stilt Studios. Yet, as a seasoned architect and designer, Dornier has some years of project portfolio under his belt, ranging from residence, to hotel and resort. Currently, Stilt Studios has offices in Bali and Singapore.

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Aulia R. Sungkar
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