Celebrating the richness of mystical Balinese culture and architecture, Amandari proudly hosts ‘Timeless Harmony’ book launch and photo exhibition; showcasing the true philosophy behind Balinese grand architecture.
Timeless Harmony tells a 10-year journey of incorporating uncommon Balinese philosophy and cultural approach to modern architectural design by SHL Asia, seen through the lens of hospitality photographer, Rusdi Sanad, who will also be present in the book launch at Amandari Ubud.
SHL Asia is a Bali-based consultant for architecture, landscape, interior, lighting, and artwork design specializing in hospitality that has worked with international brands from five-star resorts, boutique hotels to exclusive villas in Bali and across the nation as well as India. Rusdi Sanad has been a professional photographer since 2007 and focuses on commercial photography for corporations and architecture with a specialty in hospitality. His works have been showcased globally, and his ability in capturing the true character of an object resulted in various collaborations between him and top brands in Bali including Aman.
The book consists of five chapters, the introduction chapter is titled Desa Kala Patra, a phrase used in the ancient Balinese philosophies that explores the ability of society to adapt to a certain place (Desa), time (Kala) and situation (Patra). This philosophy has become the foundation of the Balinese architecture showcased in the book, staying true to the cultural values while also being accommodative towards modern society. The chapters in Timeless Harmony book are named after Balinese phrases; Desa, Karang Awak, Wana and Pesisi which showcase different characters of architecture across Bali from villas, hotels, and resorts.
The Desa chapter tells the stories of village life, which emphasizes the utilization of materials, pattern, selection of plants, and the implementation of the artwork. The Karang Awak chapter adapts the old Geguritan (poem) written by a highly acknowledged Balinese wordsmith in the 20th century, Ida Pedanda Made Sidemen. The paramount chapter of the book, Karang Awak tells the story of cultivation and reflection of oneself, which is reflected through each of the designs featured in this chapter.
The Wana chapter highlights the elements of nature in the architectural designs, respectfully blending in the natural surroundings to reflect the relationship between humans and nature. The last chapter that closes the book beautifully, Pesisi, emphasizes the significant role and meaning of water to Bali and how it is strategically placed in the design, inspired by the stunning coastal ambiance of the island.
The rich cultural history, architecture, and neighbourhood of Amandari have made the resort an ideal place to celebrate the launch of this book. From October 17th – October 30th 2021, the resort’s guests are invited to observe this magnificent exhibition on the second floor of Amandari Ubud’s restaurant while enjoying delectable light bites and drinks.