Elora Hardy: Magical houses, made of bamboo
Elora Hardy - Sustainable designer
Cultivating the power of sustainable materials, Elora Hardy leads Ibuku, creating bespoke bamboo homes in her native Bali. Full bio
my house to look like,
this was so unusual at the time,
on the island of Bali.
from the fourth floor.
to catch the breezes.
to keep the air conditioning in
in the corner of her living room.
just didn't feel right,
luxuries, like bathrooms.
in the corner of the living room,
actually hesitate to use it.
our acoustic insulation.
that we're still working on,
if you use it right.
spring water, sunlight,
that grow across the world,
building with bamboo,
that he planted just seven years ago.
a new generation of shoots.
in three days just last week,
timber in three years.
of family-owned clumps.
the tensile strength of steel,
by just a few men,
built Green School in Bali,
of the buildings on campus,
that they will not run out of.
under construction about six years ago,
and what can we do with it next?
the original builders of Green School,
so it represents my Mother Earth,
of artisans, architects and designers,
is creating a new way of building.
most of them in Bali.
some of these homes --
to come visit someday.
you can also see Green School --
classrooms there each year --
fairy mushroom house.
a little house for export.
that we replicated,
with an open-air kitchen.
22 meters across a river.
it's not entirely new.
like this one in Java,
the tropical regions of the world
that were first reached by bamboo rafts.
protect bamboo from insects,
that was ever built out of bamboo is gone.
especially in Asia,
or rural enough to actually want
that bamboo is worth building with,
a viable building material.
can last a lifetime.
extraordinary out of it.
with the adventurous outliers
of locally trained architects
and vocabulary of architecture
what it wants to become,
design for its strengths,
and to make the most of its curves.
that we'll later use to build the house.
we measure each pole,
a piece of bamboo from the pile
we consider everything.
why not doors shaped like teardrops?
and work within the constraints
we have found space for something new.
do you make a ceiling
flat boards to work with?
of sheet rock and plywood.
is skilled craftsmen
structure you've just built?
it is almost entirely handmade.
of our buildings
a lot of hand-whittled bamboo pins.
and durable bamboo skin.
that you'll ultimately leave on the world?
with creativity and commitment,
About the speaker:Elora Hardy - Sustainable designer
Cultivating the power of sustainable materials, Elora Hardy leads Ibuku, creating bespoke bamboo homes in her native Bali.
Why you should listen
Growing up in Bali with two artist parents, Elora Hardy’s creativity led her to design prints for one of New York's biggest fashion houses. Then, in a dramatic shift, she moved back home and founded Ibuku, a team that builds bespoke homes made and furnished almost entirely of bamboo.
The strength of this abundant local grass allows for towering, curvilinear structures with a notable sense of luminosity and comfort. Ibuku builds on a design process and an engineering system that were first established at the nearby Green School. Five years ago, Elora and her team chose one humble material, and with it they are building a whole new world.
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