Learning about Balinese Architecture & It’s Design Philosophy

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PUBLISHED Oct. 18, 2019

Balinese culture is considered to be one of the most heartwarming cultures there is. As the multitude of incoming cultures become more present through modernisation and global bridging, there is becoming a more obvious affliction with integral Balinese culture. The architectural design and the design philosophy of Balinese architecture also relates to Balinese culture and tradition. Much architecture in Bali, has focused on a traditional approach for the architecture, with the concept design primarily focused on being responsive to the landscapes, spiritual essence, local materials, and the environment of Bali.

Uniqueness in Bali Architectures

The uniqueness in the design resembles the noticeable difference from the rest of the world which is considered to be founded upon most noticeably in its original temples and palaces but also all the way down to the family compound. In modern times much of this has been transferred to the conceptual design of Bali’s villas, resorts, and landscaped gardens where major aspects of this is apparent. Architecture in Bali compromises a significant amount of reflection upon the further cultivation of Balinese culture which can especially be seen in hospitality, where a sense of what it feels like to be in Bali is intrinsically loved by almost all visitors, making it one of the worlds one of the most popular vacation spots.

Relational Design Philosophy

The variation in design has altered due to modern forms of function and pragmatic ways that deal with new forms of usage. Therefore many buildings in Bali follow modern architectural standards with a mix of Balinese tradition. Often this can be seen decoratively, however in many cases this can be experienced in the essence and philosophy of the building concept.

The design philosophy of Balinese architecture is constituted upon three main values:

1. Maintain a Subtle Relation between Human and God.

2. Maintain an enriching environment between humans and the natural surroundings.

3. Maintain an encompassing relational environment between humans.

These three aspects provide a design blueprint for Balinese architecture which are accordingly formulated based on relativity and achieving happiness for life. These three principles are considered to be Tri Hita Karana, which means “three reasons for prosperity.”

Harmonizing with the Balinese Culture

Balinese culture prospers by cultivating architecture in a way where the philosophy and the relation of harmonization are formulated with the essence of peace. This truly captures the soul and enables the immersive environment to glow with harmony. As architects working in Bali we take great care to follow these principles, using this intrinsic Balinese philosophy, and merge them to a contexual architectural design that responds to contemporary needs.

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