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Innovative Bamboo in Bali

Posted By : admin | May 26, 2014 | 6 comment(s)

Green Village

This article was originally published by Our Editor in Jakarta Post Travel www.jakpost.travel and gives an interesting overview of bamboo architecture in Bali at the moment.

 

Bamboo has not been regarded as the most glamorous of building materials but all that seems to be changing in Bali, with some incredible structures that have brought a new sophistication to this traditional material. Coincidentally it has grown up around the area south of Ubud. In the lush lowland forests that border the River Ayung. Hidden inside a new wave of bamboo enclaves are revolutionizing the perception of this material.

 

The Green Village

 

The Green Village is an amazing and magical place, located in Sibang, a sustainably built village that us redefining the concepts and parameters of Bamboo. The design Team of Ibuku, headed by Elora Hardy, daughter of John Hardy of The Green School, is a highly skilled set of artisans that have produced masterpieces curving into the forest.

 

Each house is specifically designed according to the wishes of the client and their needs are taken into account. Therefore there are a range of different shapes and sizes dotted mystically through the rice terraces. The incredible detail that goes into each home is the mesmerizing thing about this place.

 

Your eyes are always constantly drawn to a new detail that has been carefully though out, from a nest as an office space, a basket bathroom or a little tranquil corner with a built in seat to relax and take in the sound of the Ayung flowing below and the sounds coming from the trees.

 

The design team not only puts together the amazing architectural structures of the houses but the furniture is made at the bamboo furniture company Ibuku, as well as the details of the stunning interiors, such as copper baths and black bamboo flooring. However the truly remarkable thing about these houses are they are completely sustainable and renewable because of the use of bamboo.

 

Bamboo is a fast growing material and incredibly durable. Anyone who comes from or has travelled around Asia will notice that a lot of scaffolding is made of bamboo as it is as strong as steel. It also grows at a very fast rate and you can have a plot of fully grown bamboo in seven years and a bamboo pole that can be used in a structure after three years. It is therefore a perfect building material that is also a sustainable and renewable resource in Bali.

 

Elora Hardy of Ibuku says, ‘’Green Village has redefined the potential of sustainable materials.  It is a place where people connect with nature. We build light on the land. With very few resources or attention a bamboo shoot can become a structural column within three years, and that house can stand strong for a lifetime. The care we put into designing the homes and the skill of the local craftsmen is a statement about the potential for human innovation and ingenuity for the future.”

 

You can visit the village by itself or as part of a tour that takes you to the Green School and the bamboo workshop. Or visit during harvest season and you can see them harvest the bamboo and move on to workshop to learn how to make a perfect little bamboo model that all the houses are based on. It is a unique and special place that is well worth the trip to see a place as innovative as it is beautiful.

 

To book a tour visit http://greenvillagebali.com/tour/ or email tour@greenvillage.com

 

Fivelements Puri Ahmisa

 

If it is a bamboo retreat you are after Fivelements lies further up the river just outside the small market town of Mambal. Hidden in a village is this healing hotel that also uses its bamboo structures in a unique way and to nurture the soul.

The Sakti Dining Room is their raw restaurant that not only serves the most incredible creations, but is a warm and inviting place, crafted out of bamboo with a gently undulating roof to mirror a banana leaf, the traditional ‘plate’ in Indonesia.

 

Bamboo is used throughout in the sumptuous rooms with outdoor bathtubs that back into the river, in the spa that is also based on the river and the studios used for yoga, healing arts and as meditation spaces. These ‘mandalas’ are constructed like spirals from bamboo that keep the air moving and let the heat in or out depending on the weather. It is as if these beautiful bamboo buildings are breathing with you as you immerse yourself within them

 

A smaller bamboo building that is reminiscent of a pagoda is used for Balinese ceremonies, where a local priest oversees a number of ceremonies. Combined with a traditional Balinese altar in the same space it is redefining the traditional spiritual structure. Twice a month within this sacred space there is an Agni Horta ritual performed, which is a ceremony of fire from the ancient Hindu Vedic texts. It stopped being practiced around 350 years ago, but has experienced a revival within Bali and around the world.

 

Bamboo is used at Fivelements both for its sustainability and for its closeness to nature here too. It is about redefining the boundaries of inside and outside. The spa specializes in healing treatments that not only are given by a selection of local Balinese healers, within rooms constructed from bamboo. Again designed to use the natural and holistic elements of the bamboo and open air, so you can hear and connect with the flowing river below and the sounds of the forest outside.

 

Here the architects again worked with this material to use it in alignment with the healing aspect of the ethos of Fivelements to create unique spaces using bamboo to reconnect, heal and maintain sustainable practices. The rooms are built with natural materials with a heavy emphasis on bamboo furnishings both indoor and outdoor, creating sumptuously comfortable suites.

 

Fivelements is based on the Balinese philosophy that nurtures harmony with spirit, the environment and one another. Bamboo seems to perfectly address that balance within this space and is therefore the material that perfectly reflects that balance. It fits in with maintaining the natural environment and been utilized to create luxurious suites and balanced spiritual spaces within this property. The Sakti Dining Room is not only a warm and welcoming place but also is a balance between raw live food and nature perfectly embodied within this bamboo banana leaf shape.

 

www.fivelements.org/en/

 

The use of bamboo in Bali is not new and there are many other bamboo buildings that are also stunning. However these two destinations embody a new attitude and philosophy towards bamboo, using it to build small communities, meld with nature, use it sustainably in an exciting way and bring it straight into the future.

 

 

 

Bamboo has not been regarded as the most glamorous of building materials but all that seems to be changing in Bali, with some incredible structures that have brought a new sophistication to this traditional material. Coincidentally it has grown up around the area south of Ubud. In the lush lowland forests that border the River Ayung. Hidden inside a new wave of bamboo enclaves are revolutionizing the perception of this material.

 

The Green Village

 

The Green Village is an amazing and magical place, located in Sibang, a sustainably built village that us redefining the concepts and parameters of Bamboo. The design Team of Ibuku, headed by Elora Hardy, daughter of John Hardy of The Green School, is a highly skilled set of artisans that have produced masterpieces curving into the forest.

 

Each house is specifically designed according to the wishes of the client and their needs are taken into account. Therefore there are a range of different shapes and sizes dotted mystically through the rice terraces. The incredible detail that goes into each home is the mesmerizing thing about this place.

 

Your eyes are always constantly drawn to a new detail that has been carefully though out, from a nest as an office space, a basket bathroom or a little tranquil corner with a built in seat to relax and take in the sound of the Ayung flowing below and the sounds coming from the trees.

 

The design team not only puts together the amazing architectural structures of the houses but the furniture is made at the bamboo furniture company Ibuku, as well as the details of the stunning interiors, such as copper baths and black bamboo flooring. However the truly remarkable thing about these houses are they are completely sustainable and renewable because of the use of bamboo.

 

Bamboo is a fast growing material and incredibly durable. Anyone who comes from or has travelled around Asia will notice that a lot of scaffolding is made of bamboo as it is as strong as steel. It also grows at a very fast rate and you can have a plot of fully grown bamboo in seven years and a bamboo pole that can be used in a structure after three years. It is therefore a perfect building material that is also a sustainable and renewable resource in Bali.

 

Elora Hardy of Ibuku says, ‘’Green Village has redefined the potential of sustainable materials.  It is a place where people connect with nature. We build light on the land. With very few resources or attention a bamboo shoot can become a structural column within three years, and that house can stand strong for a lifetime. The care we put into designing the homes and the skill of the local craftsmen is a statement about the potential for human innovation and ingenuity for the future.”

 

You can visit the village by itself or as part of a tour that takes you to the Green School and the bamboo workshop. Or visit during harvest season and you can see them harvest the bamboo and move on to workshop to learn how to make a perfect little bamboo model that all the houses are based on. It is a unique and special place that is well worth the trip to see a place as innovative as it is beautiful.

 

To book a tour visit http://greenvillagebali.com/tour/ or email tour@greenvillage.com

 

Fivelements Puri Ahmisa

 

If it is a bamboo retreat you are after Fivelements lies further up the river just outside the small market town of Mambal. Hidden in a village is this healing hotel that also uses its bamboo structures in a unique way and to nurture the soul.

The Sakti Dining Room is their raw restaurant that not only serves the most incredible creations, but is a warm and inviting place, crafted out of bamboo with a gently undulating roof to mirror a banana leaf, the traditional ‘plate’ in Indonesia.

 

Bamboo is used throughout in the sumptuous rooms with outdoor bathtubs that back into the river, in the spa that is also based on the river and the studios used for yoga, healing arts and as meditation spaces. These ‘mandalas’ are constructed like spirals from bamboo that keep the air moving and let the heat in or out depending on the weather. It is as if these beautiful bamboo buildings are breathing with you as you immerse yourself within them

 

A smaller bamboo building that is reminiscent of a pagoda is used for Balinese ceremonies, where a local priest oversees a number of ceremonies. Combined with a traditional Balinese altar in the same space it is redefining the traditional spiritual structure. Twice a month within this sacred space there is an Agni Horta ritual performed, which is a ceremony of fire from the ancient Hindu Vedic texts. It stopped being practiced around 350 years ago, but has experienced a revival within Bali and around the world.

 

Bamboo is used at Fivelements both for its sustainability and for its closeness to nature here too. It is about redefining the boundaries of inside and outside. The spa specializes in healing treatments that not only are given by a selection of local Balinese healers, within rooms constructed from bamboo. Again designed to use the natural and holistic elements of the bamboo and open air, so you can hear and connect with the flowing river below and the sounds of the forest outside.

 

Here the architects again worked with this material to use it in alignment with the healing aspect of the ethos of Fivelements to create unique spaces using bamboo to reconnect, heal and maintain sustainable practices. The rooms are built with natural materials with a heavy emphasis on bamboo furnishings both indoor and outdoor, creating sumptuously comfortable suites.

 

Fivelements is based on the Balinese philosophy that nurtures harmony with spirit, the environment and one another. Bamboo seems to perfectly address that balance within this space and is therefore the material that perfectly reflects that balance. It fits in with maintaining the natural environment and been utilized to create luxurious suites and balanced spiritual spaces within this property. The Sakti Dining Room is not only a warm and welcoming place but also is a balance between raw live food and nature perfectly embodied within this bamboo banana leaf shape.

 

www.fivelements.org/en/

 

The use of bamboo in Bali is not new and there are many other bamboo buildings that are also stunning. However these two destinations embody a new attitude and philosophy towards bamboo, using it to build small communities, meld with nature, use it sustainably in an exciting way and bring it straight into the future.

 

 

 

6 Comments

05.26.14

Hi
I am interested in using good quality bamboo in building a yoga studio.
Please can you advise me what time of year is harvesting time. Also where they treat and process the bamboo after harvesting??
Regards
Liz

05.26.14

Liz,

I have a link maybe it will help you with your question, unless you’ve already found the answer.

By Linda Garlen
http://www.bambooman.com.au/bambootreatment/ebf.php

05.26.14

Heya just wanted to give you a quick heads up
and let you know a few of the pictures aren’t loading correctly.
I’m not sure why but I think its a linking issue. I’ve tried it in two different internet browsers
and both show the same outcome.

05.26.14

Thank You Ashley – our hosting company was having a few issues when you visited the site but I think everything is back to normal now. Thanks for letting us know,
The Eco Gypsy

05.26.14

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05.26.14

I went there in summer of 2006, and I reemmber there’s a row of excellent seafood restaurants along the shore near the airport. The seafood is all live, and you pick what you want and how many kilos of it you want, for example shrimp, clams, calamari, and even lobster. It’s close enough to the airport that you can watch planes carrying more tourists land at regular intervals. You sit outside directly on the beach, and the servers bring your meal out to you; quite an experience. Be aware though, me and my gf ended up spending around 900,000 Indonesia Rupiah, which is roughly $80 US. I think our tour guide mentioned that the avg monthly salary there is close to $50/month, so it puts things in perspective.There’s also a bunch of more “normal” food you can find just wandering around on the street, such as Bali’s take on American and Chinese cuisine however, getting a local tour guide is highly recommended; at approximately $35 per day, he’ll be able to show you other good eats, as well as other attractions. If you’d like some pictures of the food, I’d be happy to email them.PS, I enjoy your site alot, it’s great to read even if I’m no longer in Taiwan.

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