PT bamboo pure: green school, bali PT bamboo pure: green school, bali
aug 24, 2012

PT bamboo pure: green school, bali

‘green school’ by PT bamboo pure, bali, indonesia all images courtesy of green school

after meeting in indonesia, john hardy and his wife cynthia conceived of the ‘green school,’ an educational village community amongst the jungle and rice fields of bali, to spread their sustainable altruistic message through an alternative education system to locals and foreigners alike. they called on balinese practice PT bamboo pure to work out the technical design aspects of the entirely bamboo structure. the plentifully supplied asian wood was utilized to benefit from the potential of all its properties to become structural, decorative, recreational, used as flooring, seating, tables and several other fixtures. the local vernacular finds a new relationship fused with contemporary design strategies throughout the assembly of the components that make up the entire campus.

the design of the ‘heart of green school’ finds itself anchored around three lineally located nodes from which all other programmatical elements radiate in a spiraling organization. at each anchor point, interweaving bamboo light columns span the full height of the structure ending in a wooden ring framing a skylight with intricately ornate mullions. a fluid helical thatch roof stems from each main vertical support corkscrewing to allow light to reach every space, with deep overhangs to protect the open air interior. three main staircases serve three floors with multi-functional areas and varying levels of privacy to accommodate the various activities.

  recreational fields outside of the main building: ‘heart of green school’

several rice fields, gardens, a fish pond and compost toilets allow the institution itself to become a teacher of sustainability for the village. international and regional artists who visit often times organize activities in which the structure and spaces are decorated, and in a sense designed, by the students; a harp was even installed on several of the wood columns converting them into musical instruments for anyone to play, making the entire construct an integrative experience directly resonating with its educational principles.

open ground floor provides a varying series of spaces

large interior spaces organized radially around the central columns

second floor multi-use space

spiraling bamboo stairs

spiraling roof structure allows daylight inside

view through the interweaving vertical light columns

bamboo constitutes structural elements as well as partitions, seats and tables

structural bamboo is engraved with the names of supporting organization

harps integrated into the structural components

classroom in tent structure

bridge linking the several buildings

mepantigan roof structure

the newest addition, the mepantigan event center, is a common hall for the school and community to hold festivals, reunions and activities. the large oval footprint is delineated by natural stones on a compacted earth ground forming three tiers of seating in an arena-like fashion. a bamboo structure extends from the ground supporting a large canopy split longitudinally by a skylight for ample illumination.

mepantigan structure

local roof construction techniques

construction of satellite structures

traditional tools and methods are used in the detailing of the construction

floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level 1

floor plan / level 2

elevation

elevation

mepantigan site plan

mepantigan section

mepantigan elevation

mepantigan elevation

for additional photos of the construction, see the green school’s flickr page here.

  • utterly fantastic!!

    Ben Godi says:
  • fab!

    buzzoff says:
  • Spectacular.. Probably one of the best bits of architecture I have seen here. Wonderful.

    jim C. says:
  • Tout simplement superbe!

    www.canty.fr says:
  • Everything, absolutely everything about this is stunningly beautiful, graceful and inventive. A building that feels like music, and prayer, and weather, and looks like some crazy living thing that could get up and dance, and, drawings that look like maps of all of the above.
    Just to poke at paradise, I’d like to see if the spell of this gorgeous project stays intact after viewing the costs & permitting process, and sussing the true local feelings.
    But still, agog with pleasure.

    VeronicaVerona says:
  • Why are all the people in the classrooms white? Where are “locals”?

    MK says:
  • What an impossibly awe-filled, humbling experience. I first saw this project here…

    http://www.ted.com/talks/john_hardy_my_green_school_dream.html

    I hope this is not inappropriate…Thanks so much, danny.

    Chaszr says:
  • notice the caption below the pictures of the hand tools that reads “traditional tools and methods are used in the detailing of the construction.” the trickery isn’t always easy to spot, because they’ll make the thing almost entirely by machine, then add a few little tiny details in order to spin it “local” “handmade” ”craftsmanship”.

    if they were really, truly thinking about the locals, they’d pay them well to build these entirely by hand. ”too expensive!” the investors say. how is putting that money in the hands of skilled locals a bad thing?! oh right, because it means less profits for investors, and the owners of the means of production. typical vacuum economy, where the monetary profits get sucked up by completely self-serving overseas owners.

    look at the list of corporate sponsors:
    GE, Nike, Siemens, Adidas, Price Waterhouse Cooper

    this is why the poor keep getting poorer and the rich keep getting richer. they own the land and therefore the raw materials, they own the machinery and tools and in some cases they might even own the local politicians. they rich are only thinking of how they can get richer, not considering how they can make it a win-win situation for both parties. they’re wolves dressed in sheep’s clothing.

    the solution to this?
    put everything but the design into the hands of the locals. selecting the right materials, planning, oversight, construction and finishing. and pay them well for their skilled workmanship. oh and let them own it (because it was their land to begin with) and let them reap the profits. because the land itself is what will truly feed and clothe and shelter the Balinese

    Let the Balinese own and run the school and let THEM teach students how to
    Let THEM own THEIR paradise!!!!!
    Look at the list of corporate sponsors:
    GE, Nike

    daniel says:
  • Stunningly beautiful structures, but I don\’t see any fasteners. Bamboo stalks don\’t grow that long. How are they made? Is there steel inside the hollow bamboo? How could this structure possibly resist a strong wind?

    JJ says:
  • Regarding all the white faces: It is a school for the children of Europeans living in paradise. 20 percent of the students are Balinese and their tuition is paid for by scholarships provided by donors. The natives can’t afford it.

    JJ says:
  • OMG! Superb! Fantastic! Amazing! I could have gone on and piled up the adjectives, but for the space.
    Really Awesome.
    P.S. And Daniel you drove home a very important point, really.

    siji says:
  • Que interesante !!!!!!!!!!!!!!, que belleza, que gran utilización de los recursos, felicitaciones
    How interesting !!!!!!!!!!!!!, what a beauty, great resourses search, congratulations

    Luis Titus says:
  • wonderful and creative

    sanjay patwa says:
  • The structures are well design,and the concept is nice in the setting of the landscape,as how it was build and for whom,sounds as an oligarchy social setting,that is not good!I guess nothing is perfectly good!

    TATTOO-LY says:
  • Hermoso grandioso, se puede replicar algo tan bello en la selva de Perú

    carlos Urquiaga says:
  • Outstanding! Totalmente asombroso.

    John Rivera-Resto says:

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