Globally-renowned, eco-conscious architect
We consistently strive to innovate and approach opportunities with a fresh perspective, aiming to make a meaningful difference in everything we do.
You’ll have spotted Alexis Dornier’s work in acclaimed architecture magazines around the world, not to mention all over your Instagram feed. Alexis is the creative brain behind some of Bali’s most breathtaking villas and resorts, including the ever-famous River House in Pererenan, the Bukit’s iconic Uluwatu Surf Villas, Lost Lindenberg resort in Medewi, and more recently, Rumah Jembatan too.
Originally from Germany, Alexis opened his own design studio in Berlin in 2009, and since 2013, he has graced Bali’s landscapes with his architectural creations. His projects range from six-star residential villas to bustling restaurants and resorts. His design philosophy puts emphasis on efficiency, tropical modernism and minimalism, using locally sourced natural materials. He pays homage to Bali’s best bits by harmoniously matching his boundary-pushing structures with the natural surrounding environment.
Tell us your story – how did you get here?
Embarking on this journey, I’ve come to believe that life has its own intricate design. Pursuing my dreams and passions, making both right and wrong choices, has shaped my path to where I stand today. Embracing the challenges and setbacks as crucial facets of growth has instilled in me a positive outlook and productive mindset. My aspiration to contribute, create, and make a meaningful impact has propelled me forward.
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
I take pride in every project and building I’ve been a part of. Each one holds a unique significance, stemming from diverse circumstances, clients, and interests. These projects represent different phases of my life and personal growth, serving as symbolic artefacts of my journey. My drive to contribute and make a lasting impact has always been a core motivator. I find inspiration in the notion of beauty, a nuanced and multifaceted concept. We consistently strive to innovate and approach opportunities with a fresh perspective, aiming to make a meaningful difference in everything we do.
What impact have you made in Bali?
In Bali, a place of immense beauty and value, we strive to contribute meaningfully to its development. Our vision centres around enhancing the natural allure of Bali through architecture that seamlessly integrates with its surroundings, drawing from local building traditions and the tropical climate. We prioritise upholding high architectural standards, valuing the essence of design over mere profit, and aim to harmonise the built environment with the cultural and natural fabric of Bali.
What does the future look like for you?
In the future, I envision venturing beyond the confines of architectural design services and delving into my own creative ventures. My aspiration is to transition into a role akin to that of an artist, rather than solely a service provider. I harbour a profound curiosity about the unfolding possibilities the universe has in store for me as an individual. Already, I’ve initiated some small-scale projects, and I anticipate that one day I may exclusively focus on these endeavours, enjoying full creative autonomy.
What do you love most about Bali?
What captivates me most about Bali is its distinctive ability to attract a diverse array of individuals, creating a beautiful tapestry of cultures and backgrounds. The local community, deeply rooted in tradition and family values, coexists harmoniously with a spirit of openness and acceptance toward the unfamiliar and the foreign.
This blend of cultures and mindsets provides a fertile ground for ideas to flourish in various forms and sizes. Bali, to me, stands as a unique sanctuary where dreams can be envisioned and brought to life unlike anywhere else.
Moreover, the mesmerising ocean that surrounds us holds a powerful and mystical essence. Bali’s dramatic landscape, etching its silhouette against the horizon, leaves an indelible mark on the mind, further enhancing the island’s allure.
What do you do whenever you're struggling for inspiration?
When faced with a need for inspiration, I haven’t experienced a complete absence of it. The key lies in the depth of exploration and the investment of time devoted to a project before ideas start to materialise. Our approach centres on thoroughly understanding the context, not solely relying on individual notions of shape or form. It involves immersing ourselves in comprehending the individuals we collaborate with and their objectives for the task. The creative journey for our projects unfolds gradually, almost like a mystical revelation.
Who is your Local Legend and why?
I find inspiration beyond the realm of architecture and design. Life itself inspires me, and there are individuals who embody grace and elegance in their every move. I’m moved by the convergence of talent, passion, purpose, and hard work. One such person is Rizal. His love for surfing is a daily source of inspiration. He embodies the spirit of a child within the body of an adult. Watching him glide down the waves provides me with a goal to aspire to.