Why you can't see a skyscraper in Bali-min
Local rule is based on the belief that the height of the building should not exceed the height of coconut trees. Hence a ceiling of 15 meters is respected by the locals. Bali Beach Hotel which has nine floors was built much before the rule was introduced and hence the structure is even today standing tall!
Bali in Indonesia is a popular tourist destination, which has seen a significant rise in tourists since the 1980s. Nearly 80% of Bali’s economy is made up of tourism business. In March 2017, TripAdvisor named Bali as the world’s top destination in its Traveller’s Choice award. According to the regional government, last year Bali received nearly 5.7 million tourists.
Indonesia is ranked number 11th in the world by the number of 150-m+ completed building and 9th in Asia. In Greater Jakarta itself there are 88 highrise building (150-m+) and 26 more still under construction. The tallest building in Jakarta is Gama Tower (289-m) which was completed in 2015. Interestingly, though Bali is an important island and province of Indonesia, it doesn’t have a skyscraper. Do you know why Bali even after being an important tourist destination doesn’t have a skyscraper?
In Bali perhaps the tallest structure is the watch tower used by the rangers to keep a watch on the poachers. Though there are no conclusive evidence, nine storeyed Inna Beach Hotel is considered to be the tallest building of Bali, the tourist hotspot of Indonesia.
Maximum height of most of the buildings in Bali do not go beyond three storeys as there is a general rule that the height of the building should not exceed 15-m. Local rule is based on the belief that the height of the building should not exceed the height of coconut trees. Hence a ceiling of 15-m is respected by the locals. Bali Beach Hotel which has nine floors was built much before the rule was introduced and hence the structure is even today standing tall!
However, with Bali experiencing population explosion in recent years, one wonders how long this 15-m ceiling rule will be respected. With limited land availability and ever increasing demand for housing, etc. vertical growth seems to be the only option for Bali in the coming years.