Bali, Indonesia is known for its natural outdoor beauty, but it holds another attraction that is also gaining a lot of recognition.
It is the location of Green Village, a private eco-community.
This expanse of exclusive custom built homes has a distinctive appearance. Constructed mainly of bamboo, the resort community currently comprises several completed housing structures and more are said to be in the planning stages.
Designed by Ibuku, the Green Village utilizes sustainably derived bamboo as the feature building material, and along with skilled local crafters, the advanced engineering and architectural techniques used to lay out the bamboo pattern creates a surprisingly resilient structure.
Ibuku’s process for selection and implementation of bamboo ensures that it lives up to maintainable and ethical standards. They only will utilize the mature bamboo poles for building, which become ready to harvest and use in around 3 years. This provides a need for ongoing growth and continued work with local farmers.
Their bamboo is also mostly chemical free, containing an extremely low toxicity level comparable to little more than that of regular table salt. It is also treated with boron, an organic salt substance that helps to naturally ward of insects.
Their development procedures are also unique in that they consider the land’s natural layout that is selected for the building site, and forego traditional blueprints to design a scale model formed from handmade sticks of bamboo. The models are examined and established structurally before being built full scale.
The living spaces are open to the outdoors and though they appear fragile, the bamboo is a robust and long lasting material. The company also employs it to make handcrafted furniture and interior fixtures.
The multifaceted team has a lot of experience working with bamboo and has developed many has other interesting projects.
Watch the building process in action:
One collaborative design is the Green School which is located nearby the village. The school is a welcome feature for residents in the community. Not only is it within close proximity of the resort, its nurturing focus on each learner’s interests and a holistic approach to the curriculum is said to be paramount.
It was even selected as the Greenest School on Earth in 2012 by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Center for Green Schools. A portion of the sales for each home in Green Village goes toward a scholarship fund for the school.
Living, schooling or vacationing in a bamboo formed structure would be a new and exciting experience for many, and with sustainable architecture proactive in the field, more innovative works are sure to come.
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