My thoughts exactly
These days it seems like almost every foreigner in Bali is either renting, buying or building a villa. As far as I know, Mr Elliot was the first to use the word ‘villa’ to describe residential accomodation in Bali, way back when Seminyak was still all rice fields. Now the term seems to apply to almost any modern home here, regardless of the size or quality. Unfortunately many of these ‘villas’ are just sub-standard architectural disasters that end up as cancerous eye sores; and even sadder is that few reflect anything really Balinese, except for the odd dumbed down design accent.
Recently I saw this house (pictured) that definitely was not a villa, but I reckon it qualifies as a excellent expression of where the island’s headed… and in my humble opinion deserves first prize for pure authenticity and outright honesty.
You be the judge…