Bali: A Wonderland Built of Bamboo
An extraordinary development in Bali is taking the idea of sustainable living to the next level. Crafted entirely of bamboo—the indigenous species of grass that has the strength of wood—Green Village is the brainchild of Elora Hardy, daughter of jeweler John Hardy and former print designer for Donna Karan. “Even sustainable timber can’t begin to compare with bamboo as a conscientious building material,” she said. “With very few resources or attention a bamboo shoot can become a structural column within three years, and that house could stand strong for a lifetime.” Three residences, complete with living areas, verandas, bedrooms, kitchen and dining areas, have already been completed; the plan calls for a total of 15 situated in a valley bordering the country’s Ayung River. A portion of the sales go to benefit the nearby Green School, which has gained international attention for its holistic program centering around a sustainable lifestyle. The houses are also near Big Tree Farms, the internationally known organic food purveyor, as well as the acclaimed restaurant Mozaic, so any idea of roughing it can be tossed aside.