Open To All


On one of the last remaining unoccupied beachfront sites in Seminyak, the newly opened Potato Head Studios calls into question the exclusivit­y and restricted access that typically come with a resort property. OMA worked with Andramatin on the project, and favoured connection with the community rather than detached consumptio­n by guests.

Central to the resort is an open platform – a ‘cultural ground plane’, as OMA refers to it, which leads to the beach. Around it, perched on columns, is a ring of private guest rooms and other functions, including an exhibition space and a sunset bar.

A public route winds upwards through the complex to a rooftop sculptural park, connecting as it goes with amenity spaces including pools, spas and restaurant­s. The open platform evokes traditiona­l courtyards and provides a stage for leisure activities as well as cultural events.

“Potato Head Studios is a resort for open engagement rather than private consumptio­n,” says 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.”

See more of Potato Head Studios on pages 144-151. Photo by Kevin Mak for OMA.

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