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aug 11, 2010

bloo lagoon eco village

‘bloo lagoon eco village’ by tony gwilliam in bali, indonesia all images courtesy of tony gwilliam

english architect tony gwilliam has designed and constructed an eco village in bali, indonesia, where designboom got its start back in 1999. a key component to the development of ‘bloo lagoon’ was a sense of community. a number of the resources such as the gardens and swimming pool are all shared rather than individually owned; during construction, the skills and techniques of the local people were utilized to establish a symbiotic relationship of knowledge with the builders. this idea of sharing also translates to the distribution of organic food produced in the village gardens, as well as social resources such as ideas, thoughts, and family services.

thatched roofs

‘bloo lagoon’ aims to be as sustainable and environmentally conscious as possible: the excavated stones during construction are repurposed for building walls. sensible ecological solutions such as building forms that encourage passive climate control are adopted rather than energy consuming options. the use of high-efficiency LED lights, simple refrigerators, solar cells and natural gas cooking stoves all ensure minimal waste of energy. rainwater is collected and filtered for use while black water is treated biologically by waste water gardens which are integrated throughout the village. many of the ecological features of ‘bloo lagoon’ are integrated deeply into the architecture, becoming a part of the design rather than a separate element.

communal pool

from above

open interiors

community garden

the bamboo structure is exposed in the interior

looking into a bedroom

tiled floor detail

walls constructed out of local stone

outdoor shower


multi-storey restaurant in construction

during construction

  • very very nice… i love bamboo and sea

    Glumovi says:
  • I want to be there!

    Eva says:
  • Toilet is outside? No door or anything to cover it? Too natural for me

    — [url=]Green Design[/url]

    Lisa L. says:
  • I love the outdoor bathroom concept for Bali… and the outside kitchen area, bringing the outside in and the inside out. The winding path with trellises overhead is beautiful. I love the old wall feel, sloping away from the walk.
    The sustainability implemented in Bali is a vision that needs acceptance by agencies in other countries. To have the black water treated biologically in the village is ahead of the curve here in Hawaii. Great going Tony, you are creating a vision for the future. Ken Bernard, Garden Ponds, Kauai, HI

    Ken Bernard says:

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