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Budiman Hendropurnomo designs Alila Solo in Surakarta

by Sophie Cullen on Apr 5, 2016 in Architecture
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View from Alila Solo

View from Alila Solo

Award-winning architect Budiman Hendropurnomo of Denton Corker Marshall has designed Alila Solo in Java

Claiming an iconic position in the city skyline, Alila Solo represents a modern urban resort set within a city of ancient traditions. Hendropurnomo's distinctive design philosophy incorporates visually stimulating buildings, luxuriously elegant interiors and technology driven facilities.

Eight towers of accommodation surround the main hotel at staggered heights. Ranging from 11 to 27 stories, the buildings rise high above the city in a predominantly low-rise neighbourhood. Cladding in a natural stone that has been cut into small pieces creates an intricate, distinctive texture on the outside.

Rendering of the exterior of Alila Solo

Rendering of the exterior of Alila Solo

"I believe that when architecture reaches supra scale that is should cease to be a mere building but should take on a more sculptural quality and become part of the landscape elements of the cityscape," states lead architect Hendropunomo. "Alila Solo sets a new standard of elegant style and architectural expression in Indonesia."

The towers, each painted in different colours to mark their individuality, are positioned to create a star-like pattern of interior corridors and allow natural sunlight to permeate into the bathrooms. Guest rooms rise from level seven, offering wonderful views of the ancient city and the dramatic valleys and volcanoes of the surrounding region for all guests.

Executive Suite at Alila Solo

Executive Suite at Alila Solo

The interiors of the hotel feature a refined stone palette of marble, travertine and granite juxtaposed against soft shades of pale wood and Javanese highlights. A floating batik sculpture is featured in the lobby. Conceptualised by Hendropunomo, the near 50-metre-long suspended artwork incorporates thin aluminium plates with canvas paintings depicting Javanese wayang characters.

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