This is part of an ExpatGo editorial series featuring creative architecture designs in Malaysia and the rest of Southeast Asia.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Area: 750 m.sq
Photographs: Rio Helmi and Errol Vaes (approved for publication)