The Moon House and Copper House are the latest additions to Bambu Indah, an eco-resort in Sayan, Bali, and were co-designed by IBUKU and John Hardy. Both structures allow guests to have the closest possible connection with ‘the pulse of nature’ while maintaining luxurious features and facilities. A curving roof envelops each room and, while the room is open to the elements, the beds can be completely enclosed and air-conditioned to provide the best of both worlds.
The rooms were designed using a grid shell structure, which gives them a very organic feel and were designed for the view and the land they were built upon. Both are tucked into the landscape and were designed to maximize the stunning outlook onto the river and rice fields. In Copper House (named after its beautiful copper roof shingles), the bathtub is one of the focal points of the room, allowing guests to bathe while gazing on classic Balinese views. The room was actually built around a tree that already grew on the ridge site. IBUKU Creative Director Elora Hardy says, “I thought it would be lovely to be standing in front of the tree and see a mirror over the sink and that incredible view at the same time.”
For Moon House, the concept was also very simple- to wrap a shell around the space, create a beautiful space for the bed, and maintain the openness of the location. In this case, the bathroom is tucked off to the side of the main structure with a unique outdoor bathroom atmosphere. Moon House also has a spring-fed fresh water plunge pool right in front of it. Instead of a railing, there is a hammock net that wraps around it, above the pool. For both houses, the orientation of the bed conforms to the Balinese tradition of aligning the sleeping person’s head towards sacred Mount Agung.
Bambu Indah was founded by Cynthia and John Hardy in 2005. The resort combines restored antique Javanese houses with newer structures built with sustainable bamboo. Unlike buildings with concrete foundations, stilted buildings can ultimately be moved or removed with little impact to the earth. The resort design also promotes the use of natural light and passive cooling to cut down on energy costs. The food gardens supply nearly 50% of the guests’ food requirements.
IBUKU has designed and built over 50 bamboo structures in Bali, Indonesia, and around the region over the past five years. The traditional skills of Balinese craftsmen, combined with IBUKU’s design ideas and modern engineering enable IBUKU to create original bamboo structures for residential, educational and commercial clients to international acclaim.
Pics by: Steven Kent Johnson.
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