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.

 PT bamboo pure: green school, bali 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.

PT bamboo pure: green school, bali open ground floor provides a varying series of spaces

PT bamboo pure: green school, bali large interior spaces organized radially around the central columns

PT bamboo pure: green school, bali second floor multi-use space

PT bamboo pure: green school, bali spiraling bamboo stairs

PT bamboo pure: green school, bali spiraling roof structure allows daylight inside

PT bamboo pure: green school, bali view through the interweaving vertical light columns

PT bamboo pure: green school, bali bamboo constitutes structural elements as well as partitions, seats and tables

PT bamboo pure: green school, bali structural bamboo is engraved with the names of supporting organization

PT bamboo pure: green school, bali harps integrated into the structural components

PT bamboo pure: green school, bali classroom in tent structure

PT bamboo pure: green school, bali bridge linking the several buildings

PT bamboo pure: green school, bali 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.

PT bamboo pure: green school, bali mepantigan structure

PT bamboo pure: green school, bali local roof construction techniques

PT bamboo pure: green school, bali construction of satellite structures

PT bamboo pure: green school, bali traditional tools and methods are used in the detailing of the construction

PT bamboo pure: green school, bali floor plan / level 0

PT bamboo pure: green school, bali floor plan / level 1

PT bamboo pure: green school, bali floor plan / level 2

PT bamboo pure: green school, bali elevation

PT bamboo pure: green school, bali elevation

PT bamboo pure: green school, bali mepantigan site plan

PT bamboo pure: green school, bali mepantigan section

PT bamboo pure: green school, bali mepantigan elevation

PT bamboo pure: green school, bali mepantigan elevation

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

  • Outstanding! Totalmente asombroso.

    John Rivera-Resto
  • Hermoso grandioso, se puede replicar algo tan bello en la selva de Perú

    carlos Urquiaga
  • 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
  • wonderful and creative

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

    Luis Titus
  • 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
  • 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
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