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