Mumbai, December 7, 2002: Oxford Bookstore celebrated the launch of the book Architecture of Bali written by Made Wijaya, a world-renowned landscape and architectural designer. The book launch was followed by an informative lecture on ‘The Rise and Fall of Bali Style’ held at Oxford Bookstore. Made Wijaya’s shared some very enlightening facts and experiences leaving the attendees spell bound. Made Wijaya has done the landscaping of over 600 gardens worldwide and has also done some stupendous work in Mumbai in India.
The book is at once a compendium for designers and an easy entertaining essay on the architecture of Asia’s most glamorous tropical island by one of its foremost admirers. Landscape and architectural designer Made Wijaya draws on this photographic archives, compiled over the past 30 years, to present a visual study of Balinese architecture: its origins, elements, variations, and vagaries.
The book opens with an overview of Balinese architecture in its human context-the village. It then looks at the basic elements of Balinese architecture-the walled courtyard and the pavilion. Further chapters examine building materials, the Balinese love of ornamentation and the architectural hybrids resulting from other ethnic influences progressing through the book. Bali’s intricate built landscape becomes legible and ever more surprising.
With a sharp eye for trends, and passionate opinions about how Balinese designs principles should be applied, Wijaya enhances his survey of traditional Balinese architecture with examples of its adaptation in modern private houses and boutique hotels on the island. Besides Wijaya’s own archival photographs, the book is illustrated with the work of internationally acclaimed artists: specialist photographers including Tim Street-Porter and Rio Helmi: and drawings by Chang Huai-Yan, Deni Chung, and Bruce Granquist.
Designers will find Architecture of Bali useful as a source book for materials, built form, ornamentation, and ideas about the use of space. Lovers of Bali will welcome its documentation of a rapidly changing world.
Made Wijaya, born Michael White in Sydney, Australia, was an architecture student traveling in the Indonesian archipelago when he leapt overboard and swam to Bali’s southern shore during a rainstorm in 1973. He has made his home in Bali ever since. The Brahmana family who welcomed him into their fold and guided his initiation into the Balinese Hindu religion and its complex culture gave his Balinese name to him. During his early years in Bali, he made a living coaching tennis and as an English teacher at the local dance academy. He also wrote a popular column, ‘Stranger in Paradise’, for the English language section of The Bali Post. Over the last two decades, he has built a successful landscape and architectural design firm and in 1999 published Tropical Garden Design.
Made Wijaya’s fascination with the traditional Balinese architecture-aided by his uncanny facility with the Balinese language-led him to study its practice first-hand with local artisans and Balinese master builders, the priest-architects known as undag.
In 1983, he began to document this study in a now avidly collected cloth-bound photocopy edition of Balinese Architecture: Towards an Encyclopedia, illustrated with his own photographs including several colour prints. This volume has grown of that earlier work
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