Inspired by Faith: Le Temple Borobudur Resort in Indonesia

August 15, 2023

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Shan Arcega

Faith leads to creating some of the most beautiful things. Sometimes, even the most beautiful spaces. In Java, Indonesia, the ancient Borobudur Temple stands as a testament to this. One of the world’s seven wonders, it is the largest Buddhist monument. This wonder is an architectural structure reflecting India’s influence on the region.

Borobudur was built in the 9th century during the Syailendra Dynasty and is decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddhist statues. Even without any cement or mortar, the temple still stays strong even today. At present, it’s one of Indonesia’s most indispensable treasures. As an architectural wonder, it’s unsurprising that it’s a source of inspiration for modern structures like Le Temple Borobudur Resort.

Le Temple Borobudur Resort

From overhead, the resort in Indonesia almost radiates a zen unique to temples.
From overhead, the resort almost radiates a zen unique to temples.
The resort in Indonesia copies the layout of the Borobudur temple.
The resort copies the layout of the Borobudur temple.
Inside are a collection of individual two-story villas
Inside are a collection of individual two-story villas
Inside each villa is a bedroom on the ground floor and a mezzanine.
Inside each villa is a bedroom on the ground floor and a mezzanine.

This is a hotel blooming with the rejuvenating light unique to temples of faith. Here, the architecture of Buddhist temples combines with the magic only Borobudur has. This combination shows a geometrical composition. Specifically, one that uses circles and stupas to make each two-story villa. Together, their symmetry makes up the silhouette of Mount Mahameru–the highest mountain on Java island.

The restaurant has unlimited views of the location's beautiful surroundings.
The restaurant has unlimited views of the location’s beautiful surroundings.

The facades and even interiors of the main villa are decorated with Buddha bas-reliefs. The main part of the resort meanwhile features a shallow pool and a striking Buddha relief on the back wall. Meeting rooms make up the second floor while the third floor houses the bar. For visitors who want to watch a hypnotizing sunset, the roof deck is the perfect place.

In the construction of this resort, Architect APCONSULTANT used materials like asphalt shingles, teak wood, modified stone, and phomi.

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Photos by SAN Group Architecture & Interior Photography

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