Headed to the west coast of Africa — Spreading the magic dust of Bali

IBUKU in Africa

In February, we gathered at IBUKU’s temple to pray and ask for a blessing for a long journey ahead.

Praying at the IBUKU temple

Our team left for the island of Principe, to build a restaurant structure using bamboo. It was an interesting challenge for us to collaborate with the French project architect’s design, to refine his shapes and concept for bamboo. We worked together to solve construction detailing, pre-fabrication, and shipping logistics. Many parts were pre-built in Bali and shipped ahead of time to be assembled onsite once our team landed.

IBUKu team working in Principe Africa

We aspire in the future to be able to use local bamboo, to help establish a local industry of bamboo treatment and craftsmanship, and to empower local communities around the world to use this incredible material.

A bamboo structure by IBUKU in Principe Africa

Our team of skilled Balinese carpenters feel they are carrying the IBUKU name into new parts of the world. We feel they are carrying the magic dust of Bali, which has been at the core of our inspiration.

On leaving Bali, the team asked if there would be flowers to make their offerings in Principe. They found them! Creativity, craftsmanship, and closeness to nature are all part of what they took with them. Here they are after Galungan prayers.

Galungan prayers in Africa