Design & Architecture

This stunning six-level jungle escape in Bali is made almost entirely out of bamboo

This is part of an ExpatGo editorial series featuring creative architecture designs in Malaysia and the rest of Southeast Asia.

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The Sharma Springs is a jungle fantasy escape built for the Sharma family. The six-level, four-bedroom, 750 square meter home overlooks the Ayung river valley in Bali and is built almost entirely of bamboo.

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The designers behind this gorgeous jungle escape are well-versed in using bamboo in their projects. IBUKU architecture firm uses bamboo for its “strength, beauty, and flexibility and also because with its four-year growth cycle and carbon sequestration [where carbon dioxide is removed from the atmosphere] capacity it is the most environmentally conscientious building material conceivable”.

Though bamboo has traditionally been used throughout Asia in short-term structures, new treatment methods have given it a capacity for longer life.

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The house itself can be entered via a tunnel-bridge that opens out to living, dining, and kitchen spaces – all open-air rooms on the fourth storey. Staircases circle the central tower, leading to lower levels where the you’ll find a play room, four bedrooms, and a library in an enclosed space equipped with air-conditioning and spinning floor-to-ceiling glass windows and doors.

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On the 6th floor, occupants treated to a front-row seat to beautiful sunsets on the look-out deck which provides stunning views of the Ayung River Valley below.

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Architecture: IBUKU
Area: 750 m.sq
Photographs: Rio Helmi and Errol Vaes (approved for publication)

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