WOODEN HOUSE BALI STONES
On the architectural front, the best Balinese buildings have sturdier materials at the base and finer materials at height.
Traditionally, the foundations of a building in Bali consisted of a mixture of sand and broken river pebbles, raw limestone or lava rocks. The stylobates
were constructed of parapet stone (volcanic tuff, batu meaning stone in Balinese), while the walls were finer, lighter, or cemented
The stones used in the construction are generally metamorphic.
They are extracted at the edge of rivers or in their beds during the dry season.
On the north coast, in the mountains and east of Bali, the usual material is the lava rock found at recent eruptions. The stone architecture of these regions is particularly rich.
Ancient Balinese architecture has survived in Bali Aga villages, including Tenganan, Padangkerta and Trunyan.
There are ramps, stylobates, gates and walls of exploded metamorphic stone. For some time, a limestone called palimanan has been used throughout the island, from the java west hills.
Exported to other tropical countries as “Bali Stone”, it is easy to work with, and there are vein varieties, softer and cheaper. slate (batu teplek), issue
from north and west Java, has recently been rediscovered. It is used mainly to build 1960s style wall decor.