These sustainable Balinese bamboo homes are spectacular

elora-hardyElora Hardy lived and worked in New York city and enjoyed a highly successful career in the fashion industry, where her designs and prints adorned the catwalks for fashion icon Donna Karan.

Raised on the beautiful Indonesian island of Bali, she was inspired from an early age by the talented crafts-men and women around her.

Elora decided to reconnect with the lifestyle and culture of her younger years, and in 2010 quit the NY scene and a thriving career, to pursue a personal goal of carrying on the work of her parents with the world-renowned holistic learning centre, Green School in Bali.

She also had an aspiration to bring local artisans together with celebrated architects and designers in the hope of making Bali a global center for sustainable design – a status it shares and enjoys with many other centers across the globe to this day.

Thus began the story of IBUKU, where a team of designers and architects unite with talented local craftsmen using bamboo as the major ingredient in creating stunningly unique and beautiful homes.


Together they have built over 40 new bamboo structures mostly in Bali including Green Village – a community of private homes in the Ayung River valley, parts of the Green School, and the amazing Sharma Springs project, all with, I think you’ll agree, stunning effect.

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Ibuku’s careful selection methods ensure that only mature poles are used in the building process, and with a new generation of bamboo growing every 12 months, it provides local farmers with the incentive to allow new shoots to grow to maturity before harvesting.

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Bamboo has traditionally been used in Asia for centuries but always with a short term purpose.

New sustainable treatment methods based around naturally-occurring salt solutions, mean the bamboo is indigestible to insects and therefore the overall lifespan of these structure has increased immeasurably.


The balcony of the master bedroom, with the river valley beyond. Photographed at dusk from the edge of the dining room. Dendrocalamus asper 'Petung' bamboo structure. Bamboo roof shingles. Sharma Springs, a private home designed for and belonging to Sumant and Myriam Sharma and their four daughters. Located on the Ayung River valley, Sibang, Bali, Indonesia. Architecture by Ibuku. Custom furniture design by Ibuku. Bamboo sourcing, treatment and construction by PT Bamboo Pure. Interior design by Yajaira Smyth and Elora Hardy. Antiques selected by Yajaira Smyth. Photograph by Rio Helmi, July 2013. Styling by Elora Hardy & Yajaira Smyth. Completed in July 2013.

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We can only hope a sustainable hotel is on their ‘to-do’ list as well – where do I sign in guys?

Sources: Earthables, IBUKU  




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