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SEEN UNSEEN: Embracing Natural Home design

 The work of Alejandra Cisneros marks a significant departure from the tropical ‘Bali style’ villa design popularised in the past two decades; and is a refreshing antidote to the anodyne villas invading Bali’s centuries-old rice terraces. In this book we catch up with this very original architectural designer in her adopted tropical island home.

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In Bali, Building in Harmony

“What I like is the simplicity,” said the architectural designer Alejandra Cisneros. She is refurbishing an 80-year-old “joglo,” a Javanese bungalow with an ornate tile roof, in Penestanan, a village outside Ubud.

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Bali, soul of replenishment

Reporting from Ubud, Bali — On a steamy, drizzly morning, my friend Alejandra Cisneros leads us on a narrow dirt path through the flooded rice fields.

A few yards away, a dozen ducks march single file across a dirt berm, tails twitching, looking very businesslike. Local farmers hire the trained ducks to eat pests and clean the recently harvested fields, Cisneros explains, as we settle on the bamboo deck of Sari Organik, an organic restaurant.