Argentinian-born designer Ernesto Bedmar explores traditional architectural styles and reinvents them for the contemporary world. Perched on the spectacular southwest coast of Bali sits Bedmar’s long-awaited first project on the island that has so inspired his successful career – the exquisitely designed, award-winning villa, The Jiva Puri. [‘Jiva’ in Hindu religious texts denotes the immortal essence of a living organism or being, while the Sanskrit ‘Puri’ refers to a place or large dwelling.
] Although highly contemporary in expression, the design is intrinsically linked to the built history of the island and shows a deep understanding of traditional Balinese architectural concepts and their relationship to the landscape. With a foreword by Darlene Smyth that puts The Jiva Puri into context, sumptuous photography by Albert Lim that takes the reader on a detailed tour of every pavilion, and comprehensive plans, elevations and details, this book gives a fully rounded view of a villa complex that has set new standards of subtle architectural brilliance on the island.Oscar Riera Ojeda is an editor and designer based in Philadelphia, Singapore and Buenos Aires. Darlene Smyth writes widely on design and architecture, and runs her own design practice, DLab3. Albert Lim is an architectural photographer based in Singapore whose images have been published worldwide.