Friday, 20 December 2013

Bali's spectacular bamboo village sets to create million dollar luxury villas

Bali nestled between the lush forests is one of most remarkable village near the hill town of Ubud. These Green Village is constructed almost entirely from Bamboo.  The designs are more similar to luxury mansions than jungle huts. The exclusive abodes are part of creative masterplan for sustainable luxury living. The director Elora Hardy’s (daughter of John Hardy) set up Bali’s green school to educate a new generation of environmentally responsible. The initial step taken by her and team of designer and architects is to create sustainable luxury living and changing common perception of sustainability means, and setting the different mindset.  The villas are open to feel the sense of space and light and managing awesome views of the surrounding forests, communal area and discreet gardens. It is unpolluted architecture to breathe fresh air and touch nature. Some homes are extremely luxury can cost around $500,000 and $2million. 
The newest and largest structure lies on the other side of the river with its five stories towering on top of the forest canopy. Fortunate guests traverse a glass and bamboo bridge to reach the villa's front door, itself a revolving glass oval. Intelligent design and roll-down shutters assist protect those inside from rainstorms, whereas banana paper for interior walls and a few aluminum for roofing are usually the only concessions to non-bamboo materials. However; simplicity is a key design element but it hasn't restricted some non-organic basics, with electricity and high-end kitchen fittings standard throughout the buildings. This is pure future architecture to breathe fresh air and feel real nature. 
The chief builder of a bamboo factory believes; these structural bamboo logs could last a lifetime. Bamboo each pieces with a mixture of boric acid and water to protect from fungus and insects. If the process do not done, then bamboo structure last only seven years. Bamboo logs are 25 meters long and take three years to grow, and for that purpose almost 200 farmers across the island are paid to grow bamboo on areas of their land not for agriculture. The direct sun and rain can weaken the structural logs, so angle of these logs are most important. But the splendid designs show another side of bamboo that those connected to the project, like Operational Director Patrick How, hope will be a greater legacy. Several people still believe bamboo is low-priced and only for small buildings, but we're showing it can be used to make high houses and really redefine how the material is used.