Tuesday 16 June 2015
Elora Hardy and her team of designers, artisans and builders at Ibuku have reimagined sustainable building, using one of nature's strongest and most versatile materials.
Bamboo has the compressive strength of concrete, the same strength-to-weight ratio of steel and can regenerate itself in just a few short years.
Elora and her team of craftsmen in Bali are working on one incredible bamboo structure at a time. They believe that bamboo's potential is underestimated and that it should be used to house many more people around the world, especially in the tropics.
Ibuku also creates beautiful and sustainable furnishings for the insides of the buildings, almost entirely from bamboo and other natural and local materials.
However, bamboo isn't without its weak points, which include degradation by pests, moisture, and weathering, as well as the inability to easily produce large flat panels - such as for roofing or flooring - but Hardy and the Ibuku team have found ways to work with or around these perceived weaknesses.
(PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY OF IBUKU)
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