eugenius pradipto: bamboo church eugenius pradipto: bamboo church
may 01, 2011

eugenius pradipto: bamboo church

‘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

exterior wall



structural detail

roof above alter

bamboo structure and wall panels



structural diagrams

  • Thia is absolutely great!
    Nice design respecting local traditions and materials, built by the community, low ecological footprint. One of the best projects I’ve ever seen on designboom!

    DS says:

    A A says:
  • Yes this is absolutely great..he got a first prize from government on applied structure category for this church.

    D A N says:
  • Awesome!!!!

    Leeya8 says:

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