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The house that bamboo built

Posted in Home & Decor

I have a fantasy of owning a second home: one that is on the banks of a quiet river, or a lonesome stretch of coast, or in a valley surrounded by mountains covered in vineyards.

We’d go there on the weekends and for long summer holidays.  There would be outdoor showers and we’d eat local produce. The nieces and nephew would run wild – stopping only to refuel and come tell of an adventure.

The reality is more prosaic – I have a miniscule budget and as Hannah described it to her mother the other day – “Mommy, Suzie wants to get a shack that we all go stay in. And then we will have to help fix it up in our holidays”.

Green Village, founded by jewellery designer John Hardy and designed by his daughter Elora, is a community of sustainable and ecological houses sitting along the Ayung River in Bali. Each of the homes is made entirely of bamboo – from the window frames to the staircase, tables, chairs, floors, and even the cabinets and the walls.

“Even sustainable timber can’t begin to compare with bamboo as a conscientious building material”, says Elora. “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.”  Hmm, I wonder if it could withstand our southeaster?

Green Village is located twenty-five minutes to Bali’s cultural center of Ubud, 35 minutes to Bali’s surfing beaches and within walking distance to the Green School campus, currently home to 280 day and boarding students.  Far enough away to get some quiet time. Close enough to “go do something”: the kids’ favourite call in the holidays.

Villa owners are offered home delivery of some of the best organic products available on the planet from Big Tree Farms, owned by a Green School family, and the village hosts local events such as music evenings and the Ubud Readers & Writers Festival.

“These homes are designed and built without disturbing the natural integrity of the land, therefore each home is truly unique. Our view on being green comes out of being logical, doing no harm and being conscientious,” says Hardy. “By utilizing sustainable materials and artisan craftsmanship mixed with social responsibility, we have created a unique development concept.”

The communte would be too much of a challenge for sofafamily … but I love the design and concept. Would need a couple of structural reinforcements to deal with the Cape climate … but that shouldn’t be too hard for the kids to pull off.
Hannah – what do you think of this shack, my love?

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  1. You have more chance of pulling it off in CT than we do so I’ll have the one nextdoor to yours on that deserted beach! We can all dream. xxx

    November 22, 2012

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