The ultimate Balinese-inspired home with views of Malibu coastline


Rockefeller Kempel Architects was responsible for the design of this Balinese-inspired home located off a walk street in Manhattan Beach, California. This incredible home offers its inhabitants idyllic views of the Pacific Ocean and Malibu coastline. When designing for this 3,800 square foot dream house, the architects had to work within the confines of a narrow lot size of just 30- by 90-feet.

With some careful space planning, the project team was able to push the boundaries, by maximizing height, width, and depth. In doing so, this left very little additional space for the homeowner’s wish for a garden. A solution to this dilemma was to create an open green space at the heart of this dwelling, on the ground floor. On one side of this space are the children’s room, while on the other, the master bedroom and bathroom, opening to what has become an interior Zen garden.

Project Team: Architect: Rockefeller Kempel Architects | Builder: Wilson Construction | Interior Design: Alana Homesley Interior Design | Landscape: Ecocentrix, Inc.


What We Love: The architects helped the homeowners to build their escapist-like dream house — a modern interpretation of a Polynesian bungalow. Blending contemporary style with a warm, wooden beach house vibe to create this beautiful Balinese-inspired home. Living spaces are comfortable and inviting, bringing the outdoors in.

Tell Us: What do you think of the overall vibe of this beach house? Do you like the aesthetics of this tropical-style home? Please share your thoughts in the Comments below!

Note: Have a look at a couple of other home tours that we have featured here on One Kindesign from the portfolio of the architects of this project, Rockefeller Kempel Architects: Classic farmhouse style with a contemporary twist in Willamette Valley and Stunning modern home enveloped in the tranquil Santa Monica mountains.


Above: The metal columns supporting the wood slat wall are stainless steel. Each slat is 1-3/4″ wide x 1-1/2″ tall with 1″ gap between planks. The floor lights are manufactured by Lumiere Lighting and sit flush with the teak floors.


Above: The wall is Iowa Limestone.


Above: Stair tread thickness is about 5 1/2″ with a 1 1/2″ gap in-between.





Above: The floors throughout this Balinese-inspired home are reclaimed teak.



A “floating” cedar ceiling, accordion doors and glass balcony walls lend a Balinese-inspired, open-air vibe to the living room.


Above: The powder bathroom walls feature a Venetian Plaster finish from Il Colore, Inc. The wood vanity is a slab of Monkey Pod. The faucet is from the “Waterbridge” collection by Sonoma Forge. The floor tile is glass tile 2×2. Oceanside Glass Tile, color OG-4090. 


Above: In the kitchen, the cabinetry is Zebrawood. The burgundy-colored counters are red marble. The gray counters are Caesarstone. The backsplash is Caesarstone color: Pebble 4030 (honed).



Above: The master bathroom vanity is a custom teak piece. The backsplash tile is 2″ x 8″ honed marble from Ann Sacks. The flooring is a pebble on mesh tile from Ann Sacks, Bali Pebbles “Maluku Tan”.


Above: The doors are custom designed and built by Dynamic Door and Windows. The wood walls and floor are Teak. The wood door and window system are Honduran Mahogany.




Above: The first level of this home has finished concrete floors. The doors/windows are custom manufactured by Canadian-based company Dynamic Architectural Door and Window. This particular door is an accordion door composed of Honduran mahogany.


Above: The wood deck surface is Pau Lope, commonly referred to as Ipe or “Iron Wood”.



Exterior siding materials such as concrete, stucco, and cedar are smart selections for coastal conditions — as they require no paint and little maintenance.


Above: The clear heart cedar siding is 4 inches wide, tongue and groove. The roof on the project is a standing seam metal roof.



Photos: Eric Staudenmaier


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