‘bamboo church’ by eugenius pradipto
images courtesy of bowo naharstu widi and reni
architect eugenius pradipto has sent us images of ‘bamboo church’, a semi-permanent structure located in
yogyakarta, indonesia. open and informal in its approach, the design seeks to create a place of worship
that unifies the parish community with the transcendence nature of javanese culture. constructed by the
community after an earthquake ravished the area, the church utilizes local materials and traditional
methodologies to develop a building that both relates to and contrasts the regions vernacular architecture.
dictated by the surrounding environment and the desire to integrate interior and exterior atmospheres,
the church features a permeable bamboo skin which wraps from the walls onto the roof. the main framework,
a series of repetitious triangles and grids, remains exposed on the inside of the unit where a complex web
of bamboo consumes each surface. organic and asymmetrical in its form, the church features a wide,
uninterrupted interior that is flanked on all sides by a progression of structural columns. while initially planned
as a temporary place of worship, the building still stands, accommodating upwards of 200 people for each service.
detail of bamboo exterior
roof above alter
bamboo structure and wall panels