Balinese architecture is a form of architecture heavily influenced by both Balinese culture and Hindu elements. Balinese styled engineering is one of the most common forms of Asian tropical design. The increasing tourism in Bali and Indonesia has led to a high demand for Balinese influenced houses, villas, and cottages.

Typical Materials Used in Bungalow

Traditional Balinese buildings an bungalow incorporate almost solely organic materials, to maintain their harmonious relationship with the environment. Natural materials often consist of things commonly found on the Indonesian islands, for example bamboo poles, thatch roofing, coconut wood, stones and bricks. Balinese people have exceptional artistry skills, sculpting architecture rich with details and design. These Balinese temples and palaces are excellent examples of this Balinese artistry as they are decorated substantially with intricate wooden and stone patterns, often floral in design.

Balinese Architecture Philosophies

  • Tri Hata Karana– Creating harmony between humans, nature and gods
  • Tri Mandala- Rules of space, division and zoning
  • Sanga Mandala- the spatial concept concerning with directions that divide an area into nine key sections according to eight main cardinal directions.
  • Tri Angga- Concept or hierarchy among different realms from microcosm, middle realm, and macrocosm
  • Tri Lokka- Hierarchy between three realms; lower realm of animals and demons, middle realm of humans, and upper realms of gods
  • Asta Kosala Kosali- The eight guidelines for architectural designs; including the shapes of symbols in shrines, its measurement units, shapes and size, furthermore, it dictates appropriate decorations.
  • Arga Segara- The sacred axis between mountain and sea. In this culture, Mountains are considered to be the realm of gods, the middle area the land of humans, and the sea the realm of sea monsters and demons.

When applying these philosophies, Balinese buildings and bungalows are made to focus on four key aspects;

  1. A good ventilation system: Big windows and large spaces free between the roof and the walls
  2. A strong foundation: With a strong foundation the bungalow will have tremendous strengths
  3. A large yard: To commune with the natural surroundings
  4. A guarding wall: Privacy and protection from the public eye. And ward off bad spirits.

Balinese architecture creates a link between you and the earth, providing a relaxing and calming environment. Balinese bungalows are one of a kind, and often consist of unique furniture pieces, and culturally significant decor. They are the perfect place to relax, unwind and enjoy your days off.