A nave of light formed by Serge Ferrari membrane in Bali

  • Merah Putih restaurant - Précontraint 402
  • Merah Putih restaurant - Précontraint 402
  • Merah Putih restaurant - Précontraint 402

Project data

• Architect
Inspiral Design Studios - Charlie Hearn
• Manufacturing, Installation
Hegar Sumber Kreasi (Indonesia)

  • • Serge Ferrari composite membrane:
    > Précontraint 402-1399
    > 700 m2

  • The discreet, sober facade of Bali’s Merah Putih restaurant conceals an interior architecture that subtly combines avant-gardism and elements of Indonesian culture.
    The immense main dining hall is crowned by an aerial, translucent vault made of Précontraint 402 membrane. This structure comprises a tensioned fabric roof fanning down into lightweight, impluvium-designed columns, which form veritable wells into which the natural light plunges…. but not only the light!

    Nominated for the International Design & Architecture Awards 2013 and the Yak Awards (Bali), this spectacular creation by Charlie Hearn of Inspiral Design Studios meets the twin challenge of contemporary sustainable architecture, namely of combining aesthetics and sustainable construction.

    Translucence of the Serge Ferrari membrane

    Inspiral Design Studios selected Précontraint 402 membrane for the lightweight roof and columns because of its unequalled translucence, flexibility and robustness. These remarkable properties make this membrane the outstanding feature of this restaurant’s exquisite interior design.
    It acts as a translucent veil harmoniously diffusing the natural light, which effectively bathes the spacious, yet romantic, dining area throughout the day. At night, the membrane becomes a reflecting screen that disseminates gentle LED light to transform the room into a warm, intimate space.

    Resourceful light columns

    The tourist boom experienced by the island of Bali in recent years has greatly impoverished its water resources. Rainwater recovery has therefore become a major environmental issue and the restaurant’s elegant, aerial columns have been designed as real collection funnels connected to the roof. These composite fabric light tubes effectively drain the run-off from torrential tropical rains which beat down on the island during the monsoon, directly to the water storage and filtration unit. The water then joins a closed distribution system supplying the restaurant’s needs.
    The aesthetics of this cunning system are striking: the guests are spell-bound by the breath-taking cascades of water falling straight from the sky!

    Differentiating advantages

    Manufactured based on Précontraint patented technology, the installed Serge Ferrari membrane offers exceptional structural strength and dimensional stability. Its surface treatment guarantees the roof and columns’ aesthetic and functional durability under extreme climatic conditions: heat, rainfall and relative humidity (ranging from 70 – 90% in Bali).
    Its internal acoustic performance characteristics contribute to noise absorption in the dining area, thereby curtailing noise pollution and ensuring optimal comfort.


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