Books: Gathering Places (2005
Distinctive in form and detail, Balinese architecture celebrates the concept of gathering, from traditional vernacular architecture to modern homes and resorts. This book explores the features and elements that define Balinese architecture as an architecture made for gathering—pavilions, temples, palaces and village squares—and how these elements reflect the Balinese philosophies of adat (customary laws), budaya (culture) and agama (religion). Rich in meaning and symbolism, the architecture of Bali is about the convening of the family, the village, the gods, and most recently, tourists.
Different from other books on Balinese architecture and interiors, this book seeks to explain the reasons behind the forms and the spatial and spiritual philosophy that is uniquely Balinese. Gathering Places is meant for more than just the coffee-table. It is informative and comprehensive, and yet personal and insightful as it celebrates the concept of gathering and its expression in the architecture of the island of the gods.
Published by Marshall Cavendish
JAY GRAHAM photographs for commercial and editorial clients in the US and internationally. Among his most recent books is Bouquets, written by Marsha Heckman. His photographs will again be seen in an upcoming series of books on Indochine style, architecture and food. Jay Graham lives in northern California with his wife and three children and loves to travel the world, whether for pleasure or on assignment. His connection to Bali is a long-standing one, and one he hopes will continue always.
BARBARA WALKER first visited Bali in 1988, intending to stay for only a few days. She never expected to be so completely taken by the Balinese people, the spirituality of their lives and the overwhelming beauty of their lush and verdant landscape. And now, after 17 years, her admiration for the Balinese people and enthusiasm for the island continues to grow. Barbara is an experienced architectural-interior designer and colour stylist and is also the author of the best selling Bali Style, first published in 1995 and now into its seventh reprint. She is currently working on a series of books on Indochine architecture, interiors and food.
Photographed by Jay Graham