Synopses & Reviews
andlt;bandgt;Balinese style villas and resorts are popping up everywhereand#8212;from Ibiza to St Barts to Singapore. But what is Balinese architecture? And why is it so popular today?andlt;/bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Traditional Balinese houses, temples and pavilions are designed to allow man to exist in harmony with the natural forces of the universeand#8212;reflecting core Balinese beliefs about man's place in relation to the cosmos, the gods, the ancestors, and the world around him. Innovative local and Western architects have been designing resorts and villas on Bali for decades, drawing their inspiration from these local traditions.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;In this one-of-a-kind book, author Julian Davison provides a comprehensive guide to Balinese architectural forms, the Balinese belief system, the rituals associated with building, the materials and construction techniques, and the intricate ornamentation used. Over 100 watercolor illustrations and photographs provide a clear picture of the island's architecture as well as an eye-opening look at a culture and a people that have captivated the world's imagination.
This work is intended to provide the visitor to Bali with a step-by-step guide to the complexities of Balinese domestic and religious architecture. An overview of Asian architecture in its historical and cultural context is provided and the book begins with a discussion of prehistoric dwellings.
For the Balinese, everything has its correct place in the world, with the gods on high, malevolent spirits in the lowest regions, and mankind sandwiched between the two. This cosmological framework influences not only the domestic architecture of the Balinese but also their palaces and pavilions-and the myriad of temples which are scattered throughout the island. Rank and social status, the needs of the village and of the extended family, and the tropical climate also play a part.
This book is intended to provide the visitor to Bali with a step-by-step guide to the complexities of Balinese domestic and religious architecture. The Balinese belief system, rituals associated with building, building materials and construction techniques, and the intricate ornamentation of buildings are among the topics covered. Watercolor illustrations of panoramas, important sites, building types, design concepts, and construction techniques complement a concise, informative text and help to elucidate the meaning of many of the places that visitors will see during a stay on the island.
A comprehensive look at the layout, design, construction, and iconography of Balinese architecture with special attention to the influences of culture and cosmology
About the Author
andlt;bandgt;Julian Davisonandlt;/bandgt; lives in Singapore where he is a freelance writer, editor, television presenter, and illustrator.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Illustrators andlt;bandgt;Bruce Granquist, Mubinas Hanafi,andlt;/bandgt; and andlt;bandgt;Nengah Enuandlt;/bandgt; work together in Studio Satumata in Bali, Indonesia, and have worked on over 15 published projects for various publishers in Southeast Asia.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;Luca Invernizzi Tettoniandlt;/bandgt; lived and worked in Asia for four decades. He specialized in books on aspects of Asian art, culture, history and nature, and is well-known for his photography in books like andlt;iandgt;Thai Style, The Tropical Houseandlt;/iandgt; and andlt;iandgt;Decorating with Flowers.andlt;/iandgt;