GWK Cultural Park Bali

BALI, INDONESIA

PORTFOLIO:

Masterplan

CLIENT:

PT. ALAM SUTERA REALTY INDONESIA

COLLABORATION:

AECOM

ENGAGED:

2013

COMPLETION:

2013

SCOPE:

LANDSCAPE MASTER PLAN

AREA:

240 HA

CONSTRUCTION BUDGET:

CONFIDENTIAL

Garuda Wisnu Kencana is a 240 hectare private cultural park at the southern end of the island of Bali, Indonesia. Devoted to Hindu god Vishnu and his mount, Garuda (the mythical bird), it will have the world’s largest statue (146 m tall) of Vishnu riding Garuda by sculptor Nyoman Nuarta. 

According to the vision for “Tale of Journeys through Bali,” Phase 1 of the landscape development is divided into three zones. The first zone is the “Journey through the Wild Forest” which serves as a lush and tropical gateway to the cultural park. Water bodies, animal sculptures of extinct or endangered species and winding paths add to the element of delight within the forest. 

In the second journey, the landscape guides visitors through the “Journey of Garuda” story. The park recreates a physical representation of the journey, and is reinforced by varying scales of spaces within it. Features like the Fire Court, water walls, grotto, Hell Garden, and lotus pond represent each stage of the story culminating with the statue of Vishnu riding Garuda.

Thirdly, “Journey through the flavours of Bali” weaves in the diverse colours and ethnicity of Bali into the retail and commercial areas. The design evolves from Bali’s rich cultural heritage with traditional patterns, materials and architecture of the region.

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