Chic bamboo houses

Chic bamboo houses

Built entirely of bamboo, the architecturally famous Green School of Bali has inspired a new generation of luxury homes set within an adjoining residential development known as the Green Village Bali.

Sited within eight hectares of rainforest along the Ayung River south of Ubud, this "community development" which comprises the Green School also offers homes built of a sustainable resource.

Established by Bali-based jewellery designers John Hardy and his wife, Cynthia, the Green School was created in 2007. John who is Canadian, has resided in Bali for the past three decades.

As the name implies, the school teaches students about environmental practices, renewable energy, aquaculture and organic farming besides the normal school syllabus.

"Located in a stunning river valley, the school currently hosts 248 students aged three to 16 years old from all over the world, including a small number of sponsored Balinese children," says Elora, daughter of John and Cynthia.

Known worldwide for its marvellous architectural design, it took the Hardys 18 months to get the school up and running.

Aga Khan Award nominee

Currently the creative director of Ibuku, an international design and construction team specialising in bamboo structures, Elora also oversees the Green Village development.

For its innovative use of bamboo in the construction of Green School, Ibuku was nominated in the 2010 Aga Khan Award for Architecture.

Elora, who spent the first 14 years of her life in Bali, moved to the US as a teenager to further her studies. She then worked as a print designer for American fashion designer Donna Karan, before moving back to Bali in 2010.

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