Bali’s Incredible, Sustainable Bamboo Buildings

By: | January 17th, 2015

Bamboo is increasingly used to build houses in Bali, a small island in Indonesia. Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants in the world and is very strong. Houses built with it can last a lifetime.

Founded by architect Elora Hardy, the local Balinese practice ‘Ibuku’ has designed and built a green village with several sustainable homes from bamboo. The green village is a community of 30 ecological buildings set along Bali’s sacred Ayung River.

These bamboo buildings include the Green School founded by Hardy’s father John to promote bamboo. Recently, the construction was completed on the world’s largest bamboo commercial structure, the Big Tree Farms Chocolate Factory.

Eco-friendly buildings co-exist with the natural landscape. From the roof, walls, floors, staircase and the furniture, everything is built entirely of bamboo.

Ibuku hopes that the green village will create awareness about sustainable materials to help connect people with nature. The houses are almost entirely handmade, where a small 3D bamboo replica of the final product is designed first. Once the design is finalized, the builder ensures to construct the house to real size using the 3D model as a blueprint.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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