Posted by: batubalilestari | June 27, 2009

Bale Kulkul

BALE KULKUL SEBAGAI BANGUNAN PENANDA PENDUKUNG KARAKTER KOTA BUDAYA

Bale Kulkul is a bale edifice to hang up the kulkul (wooden bell) so it can function as communicative facility for Balinese community. Bale kulkul which is grouped into several types, firstly found in temples, palaces and banjar. Later in its development, bale kulkul also functions as security post, generator room, lift shaft, water tower, office for head of banjar as well as warehouse. This research focuses on the evaluation of functional development of bale kulkul happened in society due to transformation, “both-end” phenomenon and resultant of the complexities. The samples are taken from temples, palaces, banjar and tourism facilities, such as hotels, travel bureau office as well as shopping centers. With its impress tall building like a minaret, bale kulkul also function as node to support the character of cultural town.
Keywords: bale kulkul, node, character of cultural town.

Bale kulkul merupakan suatu bangunan bale untuk menggantung kulkul sehingga dapat berfungsi sebagai sarana komunikasi masyarakat Bali. Bale kulkul yang dikelompokkan dalam beberapa jenis, pada awalnya banyak ditemukan di pura, puri, dan banjar. Pada perkembangannya, bale kulkul juga berfungsi sebagai pos satpam, ruang genset, lift shaft, tower air, kantor kelian banjar ataupun gudang simpan. Kajian ini mengetengahkan evaluasi terhadap perkembangan fungsi bale kulkul yang terjadi di masyarakat melalui transformasi, fenomena both-and, dan resultan kompleksitas. Pengambilan sampel dilakukan di pura, puri, banjar dan fasilitas pariwisata seperti hotel, kantor biro perjalanan serta pertokoan. Dengan bentuk yang menjulang tinggi menyerupai menara, bale kulkul juga berfungsi sebagai bangunan penanda yang mendukung karakter kota budaya.

A. A. Ayu Oka Saraswati
Dosen Sejarah Arsitektur, Universitas Udayana Bali
e-mail: saraswati@dps.centrin.net.id


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