Morita House

Morita House, located on the outskirts of Ubud Bali, is a retirement and holiday home surrounded by beautiful rice fields and a nearby local village. The design intention for this property is to create an edible garden while maintaining a resort ambience. The focus is on sustainability and developing a sense of community.

One of the focus elements of the landscape design for Morita House is the integration of edible and ornamental plants. It adds a functional aspect to the garden and enhances the overall aesthetic. The planting location of fruit trees such as mango, papaya, lemon and coconut provides a structure to design. It capitalizes the sunlight and provides a shadow for the semi-shade plants. The grouping of vegetables and herbs defines the layering of the garden into a series of courtyards. The plants, such as spinach, gingers and lemongrass, will provide fresh produce for the residents, attract local wildlife and promote biodiversity.
For the resort ambience, the design incorporates local tropical plants into the design. Palms, frangipani, and bamboo can add a lush and exotic feel while providing shade and shelter for local wildlife.
The design implements rainwater harvesting and greywater systems to reduce water usage and recycle the water. A variety of textures and colours of central water garden plants creates a sense of depth and interest in the garden. While it also works as a filter and retention pond for the surface run-off water.

Sustainability is an overarching theme of the landscape design for Morita House. The use of local and native plants can reduce the need for irrigation, have better resiliency and also promote biodiversity.
The public courtyard for residents and visitors to gather and socialize highlights the social. A shared vegetable garden becomes a social space where residents can gather to maintain and harvest the garden. It promotes a sense of community and encourages residents to take an active role.

Overall, the landscape design for Morita House focuses on creating an edible garden while maintaining a resort ambience, promoting sustainability and developing a sense of community. With the integration of edible plants, tropical plants, and communal spaces, the garden can be a beautiful and functional space that enhances the overall experience of the property.

​Project Location: Bali, Indonesia
Architecture by: Living Design International