Vogue recently featured IBUKU’s work with an interview with Elora Hardy on her inspiration and design philosophy: “A lot of the problem is the curves, but that’s also the magic and the opportunity. Just as the best clothes wrap around real curves in just the right way, the way a house curves around you can feel just right,” Elora explains. “But it takes a different mind-set to get it right. Bamboo doesn’t follow the rules of the past few centuries of architecture and construction—it’s literally a different shape, being round and hollow and tapering. So as designers, we have to learn, then develop, then write the rules for ourselves, to suit what we see is possible with bamboo.” She likens her design approach to the way an artist works on a canvas. Rather than trying to create a specific vision on a blank page, she prefers to spill the ink and see how it flows.
This is not an old Balinese painting, in fact it’s the latest in bamboo architecture, scanned by the incredible Autodesk team who came here to do the impossible- capture an artisan hand built house by IBUKU and turn it into a billion data points and dots using drones. Because Green Village’s homes are built from bamboo, they don’t have traditional walls, traditional squared corners, or uniform surfaces. The bamboo used to build the structures—which can be up to six stories high—is almost always curved (because bamboo often grows curved, and because the homes in Green Village are purposefully built with curves to best conform to their surroundings). The floors are made of sliced bamboo, creating deeply ridged textures. The interior walls are also made of bamboo, and from the outside, you can literally see clear through huge portions of each home to the forest on the other side. This makes the LiDAR capturing of Green Village’s structures very complex. Some of the light beams will hit curved outer bamboo walls and beams. Others will hit wildly textured furniture …
Hot off the press! IBUKU’s latest creation for David Hornblow and family at Green Village is in the May edition of Architectural Digest. “It’s really important to me that we move beyond the bamboo-hut idea,” explains Elora, the creative director, emphasizing Ibuku’s integration of technical innovation with local craftsmanship. The combination has resulted in properties that are surprisingly ambitious in scale—one of these surreal tropical mansions boasts six floors and measures more than 8,000 square feet. “As we continue to push the limits, my role is to be the connector,” says Elora, who grew up in Bali and has never studied architecture. “With the client and Ibuku’s architects, model makers, and craftsmen, there’s an entire dialogue that unfolds when we create these houses.” Read more here.
Ari Besar from the Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship visited Green Village and wrote about it here. The structures and homes Ibuku creates feel more like extensions of the natural environment around them than additions to it. They are crafted into playful shapes and designs with techniques that are not possible to use with standard construction materials. Ibuku’s Architects are able to look at the leaves, the rice paddies, and the natural contours of the land and replicate it into their designs. In leiu of blueprints, the team creates scale models of bamboo to test the home’s structural integrity and design before construction begins.
Living in Green Village is a unique opportunity to let your kids walk to school through the forest rather than commute 45 minutes or more each day. We are very committed to this dream of a green community right next to Green School. Come and be a part of it. There are houses available for sale and available for rent through the Green Village. -JH Green Village stands for a community and a lifestyle for those who care about nature and appreciate its magnificence. Its real estate offerings are more than just unique properties; they are a promise of a sustainable future. Set along the terraced slopes of the Ayung River in Bali, Green Village is a master-planned community of eighteen dramatically unique homes, hand-constructed by the Ibuku team. Each home is custom designed and rigorously engineered to embody the inherent strengths and versatility of bamboo. Located within walking distance from Green School, Green Village encompasses all of the architectural innovations, sustainable principles and artisan craftsmanship of the world famous campus. A few of the Green Village homes …
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.
An extraordinary community being designed by my daughter, Elora. You can scroll through a plethora of Green Village photos here. Enjoy!