indonesian architects without borders build bamboo kindergarten on the rice fields of java

indonesian architects without borders build bamboo kindergarten on the rice fields of java

architecture sans frontières indonesia (ASF-ID) have completed a kindergarten made of bamboo, situated between hamlets on a rice field in the hinterland of western java. architects from the non-profit organization have used the traditional material for nur hikmah‘s main structure for economic and environmental reasons, but also due to its flexible nature, which allows the building to sway and bend gently, creating more earthquake-friendly conditions.

indonesian architects without borders build bamboo kindergarten on the rice fields of java
bamboo frames allow future expansion



ASF-ID developed the design for the new kindergarten – which used to be situated on a busy road in tasikmalaya, a city in western java – after a series of workshops conducted with school administrators and parents. after securing funding at the end of 2017, the architects have now completed construction of the project, built mainly out of bamboo, which the city is known for. for the main structural components they have used the species dendrocalamus asper, while for tertiary components, such as rafters and wall liners, they chose the species gigantochloa apus. the bamboo has been treated prior in order to last longer, while the floor has been raised on stilts to retain the existing agricultural functions.

indonesian architects without borders build bamboo kindergarten on the rice fields of java
stilts retain the existing agricultural functions



the main bamboo frames have been designed separate from the floor system to allow for future expansion. ASF-ID built the nur hikmah kindergarten with a vision of living in harmony with nature, while the the new building represents a novel approach to the native material and ‘has brought a new spirit to teachers, as well as students, motivating them to take care of the environment,’ as the architects note.



indonesian architects without borders build bamboo kindergarten on the rice fields of java
south facade




view from back side path walk

stilts for earthquake safety and thermal comfort

airy upper deck use by 6 yo pupils

spacious classroom for 5 yo pupils

main corridor

main column at first floor

floor structure and ventilation gap

main column at second floor

colorful sanitation block and wet area



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edited by: sofia lekka angelopoulou | designboom

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