Designed by Ibuku, the Green Village is a neighborhood of beautiful bamboo houses in Bali. Built in much the same way as the nearby Green School, the unique homes are constructed around radial clusters of bamboo columns to which bamboo tile and a thatched canopy are attached. Bamboo is used both as the structure and the dominant element of the interior – the walls, staircases, floors and furniture are all constructed from the plant. Its flexibility enables the creation of sweeping forms that—while maintaining its load-bearing role—can be integrated into natural stone foundations. Playful and lightweight, the structure connects with nature without disrupting it.
Discussing the choice of bamboo as the main building material, Elora Hardy, CEO and lead designer at Ibuku stated: “Even sustainable timber can’t begin to compare with bamboo as a conscientious building material. With very few resources or attention a bamboo shoot can become a structural column within three years, and that house could stand strong for a lifetime.”