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river-like flowing structure of k-thengono breathes new life into Balinese restaurant

talaga sampireun by k-thengono in bali

Design studio K-Thengono breathes new life into Talaga Sampireun restaurant in Bali, Indonesia by creating a structure that follows a river-like axis. The innovative concept deviates from the conventional layout of individual saung (Sundanese huts) and separate dining rooms. The design group has created a coherent story, inspired by villages from a bygone era. The new The central element has a continuous curved back surrounded by a lake. Spacious dining areas line this ‘river’, with an open-air saung along the path, reminiscent of traditional riverside settlements. This design approach provides the main dining areas with direct access to the lake’s edge, allowing guests to interact with the tranquil waterscape.

river-like flowing structure of k-thengono breathes new life into Balinese restaurant
all images courtesy of K-Thengono

The flowing, river-like roof acts as the main design element

The K-Thengono design team strategically placed skylights, accentuating the high roof of the Talaga Sampireun restaurant to invite natural light and enhance visual appeal. The absence of walls maximizes natural ventilation and blurs the boundaries between indoor and outdoor spaces, creating a unified atmosphere that feels continuous and uninterrupted. Local materials such as teak, brass and red brick contrast with the modern steel structures, while artisan-crafted rattan ceiling elements add warmth and pay tribute to the region’s artisanal heritage. The dining experience is further enhanced by a design that engages all the senses, with songbirds serenading guests as they enjoy views of the surrounding landscape.

river-like flowing structure of k-thengono breathes new life into Balinese restaurant
Strategically placed skylights accentuate the high roof and invite natural light

river-like flowing structure of k-thengono breathes new life into Balinese restaurant
decorative elements on the ceilings are crafted by local craftsmen

river-like flowing structure of k-thengono breathes new life into Balinese restaurant
the red brick contrasts with modern steel structures

river-like flowing structure of k-thengono breathes new life into Balinese restaurant
spacious dining areas lie along the river-like shell