Year: 2012

The Bamboo Architecture of Green Village

Geobeats video on the Green Village. Green Village in Bali, Indonesia is an architectural gem – a dream like setting.  Built by the design team, Ibuku, a company that strives to create residences where people can maintain an ‘authentic relationship with nature’. Green Village is constructed completely of bamboo, including the stairs, cabinets, walls and furniture. The designer’s website states “new treatment methods have given bamboo a capacity for long life. We harvest and treat all of our own bamboo, selecting for density and maturity, then lab test to confirm its integrity”. The buildings are nothing short of beautiful spectacular. Surrounded by lush, jungle-like greenery, circular doors and floor-to-ceiling windows open to the gorgeous outdoors. The design gives a wide open, one-with-nature feel to the residences. Bamboo stalks appear to serve as intricately placed architectural posts, while the stairs and railings depict hand carved, unique pieces of structural art.

Devi Garh, Udaipur, India

DO: Visit Devi Garh in Rajasthan

An amazing place to stay in when you visit Rajasthan- Devi Garh. In the far distant Rajasthani region, the Devi Garh hotel dominates the heights of the Aravalli mountain chain, the final rampart on the way to the princely city if Udaipur. The celebrated Indian decorator, Lekha Podday took this former Rajput fort and transformed it into a luxury boutique hotel with noble and precious materials, plunging guests into the elegant universe of the Udaipur maharajahs. After ten years of renovation, the hotel’s 39 suites have come alive once again, giving them the feel of minimalist retreats. The transparent interiors contain small touches of amber color, casting a modern veil over this medieval building. The Devi Garh is the ideal site for tasting the joys of princely life. And to prolong the experience, the restaurant’s traditional Indian cuisine, which can be enjoyed while sitting on the colorful grass of the fort, is a must visit.  

Treehugger: Solar Powered ATM Is Beautiful in Bali, July 2, 2012, Alex Davies

When Green School, on the Indonesian island of Bali, decided to install an ATM, they were torn. Large electronics don’t really line up with their sustainability-focused mission. ATMs require electricity and are usually set in concrete (which is bad). On the other hand, paying the school’s employees required frequent trips to the ATM eight miles away that burned a notable amount of gasoline. So they went for it, coming up with what may be the greenest, and coolest-looking, ATM on the planet. Click here for further reading. July 2, 2012, Alex Davies

PR Newswire: USGBC 2012, Greenest School on Earth

The Green Apple Day of Service was announced last Friday at Green School in Bali, Indonesia. “The international school offers a child-centered and holistic education with a strong focus on sustainability and the environment. Green School’s structures are built from local, renewable bamboo; the campus runs primarily on solar energy sponsored by the Akuo Foundation and utilizes bio-intensive organic farming; and among other noteworthy projects hosts a breeding sanctuary for endangered local birds, including the nearly extinct in the wild Bali Starling.” Click here for further reading. April 24, 2012  

Elora at INKTalks

Elora Hardy at INKTalks: ‘Building a Sustainable Bamboo Future’

Elora Hardy had it all as a designer working for Donna Karan in New York, with her prints walking the world’s runways. She left it all to return to Bali and build a sustainable construction company. Hardy builds visually stunning homes out of bamboo, fantasy abodes that look derived from Hollywood movie sets. In this striking talk, Hardy explains the versatility and durability of bamboo, and convinces us all to become advocates of bamboo as the choice building material for construction in the tropics. Click here to watch.

Financial Times: Bali and the Chocolate Factory

While Bali’s south coast is being swallowed up by villa and resort developments, there is an innovative green design movement gathering pace on the island. The area in and around Sibang, an off-the-map hamlet between Ubud and Denpasar, has become an unexpected centre for buildings made almost entirely of bamboo. But unlike the bamboo structures that have popped up for centuries throughout Asia and South and Central America, these buildings are resistant to decay and radically innovative. Click here for further reading.  January 27, 2012, Gisela Williams