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Bali’s Seminyak Neighbourhood: Design as Spiritual Philosophy

By June 20, 2017 No Comments

Everywhere you turn in Bali, you’ll be greeted by stone sculptures or door guardians that seek to keep palaces, temples and home free from evil spirits. [Photo credit: Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach]

Harmony with Nature: Spatial Proportion

In Balinese culture everything has its correct place and order according to hierarchy, with the gods placed first and foremost, followed by mankind and then the malevolent spirits. Proper positioning is crucial to maintaining harmonious relationships between mankind and the rest of the natural and spiritual world. Bali’s architectural styles reflect this design philosophy across its myriad of spatial orientations and precise range of measurements – key to ensuring homes, buildings and their occupants are always favourably placed for success.

Stone Sculptures: Door Guardians

Stroll past a Balinese temple and chances are, you’ll likely notice a set of Balinese stone statues that sit tall and proud at the entrance of the temple. As a significant traditional art form for the Balinese that have its origins in Hindu-Javanese art, stone sculptures called Bedogol, are usually placed on the left and right sides of the gates of temples, palaces and homes to ward off evil spirits. Build with Paras Keroboka, local lava stone, Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach will have its own Pengumbak Karang shrine at the entrance to welcome guests in a traditional way into the incredible space built around the ‘Tri Mandala’ multi-area and level spaces.

Interplay of Modernity and Tradition Stone Sculptures: Door Guardians

Design is also at work on Bali’s distinct indigenous fabrics, home-grown textiles and textured patterns. Whether it’s the popular Batik, to the easily distinguishable Ikat and Songket weaves to refreshing checker-board Poleng designs, the art of Balinese balance comes into play across all.

Right: The integration of modern and traditional aesthetics come to life via Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach’s geometrical patterns, inspired by the neighbourhood’s heritage of Poleng designs. [Photo credit: Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach]

Did you know?

A common Balinese architectural theme is the tripartite divisions or “Tri Hita Karana”, where objects and spaces have a unique relation to the number three.

It also refers to the “three causes of well-being” and promotes harmony with God, nature, and society.