Feature rooms, singular buildings to entire estates, the beauty of bamboo can elevate any space into a work of art—details that need to be shared, places that become destinations and memories that last long after a visit. Bamboo’s strength, versatility and abundance make it a natural choice for our visionary clients and conscious businesses who care about the mark they make on the world.
IBUKU has hand-crafted bespoke bamboo designs for boutique hotels, high-end resorts including Four Seasons and Como hotels, restaurants, yoga and spas. From whole site planning and construction in tropical climates through to interior designs internationally, IBUKU’s designers and architects create a tailored response for your business and its location.
‘Bamboo buildings are like living organisms. Every bamboo pole represents the ‘DNA’ of the building, each is unique like real strands of DNA. When they come together, to form a body, it waits to be given a soul by those inhabiting the building.’
Defit Wijaya, IBUKU
TRi Restaurant Hong Kong, Case study
‘We were asked to bring Bali to Hong Kong, to turn a simple concrete space into the natural world of a Balinese river valley. The space was very simple, rectangular and concrete with low ceilings, it had the asset of an ocean and mountain view in a harbour in Hong Kong. The clients were open to using mixed-media, and while we primarily used bamboo the result wasn’t that of a bamboo restaurant. We incorporated antiques as well as modern art from the owners collection, we created detailing out stone, brass and ceramic. We also selected and prepared for the client’s contractors materials to install including fired brick & natural stone. We collaborated with other vendors on details such as furniture and ceramic plates, sharing our vision with them to respond to.
We defined the vision for the space to bring people off of the busy Hong Kong streets and into the wild hutan riverside of Bali. We softened the transition by first welcoming people into the kampung (village) mood of the foyer, and then the kebun (garden) of the communal table. There were certain key elements we constructed in our workshop in Bali, such as an entire pavilion that was to become the bar and the woven lotus pods, which were entirely built in Bali. Other elements we brought to Hong Kong were pre-finished and coated but were installed onsite. We have the ability to pre-plan and fabricate pieces so our workers can simply install onsite, or we can also plug-in and work with existing contractors to minimise costs and build timeframes.
For the TRi build a small team of carpenters went to Hong Kong for 4-6 weeks to install the bamboo elements, working alongside local tradespeople . As part of our process we plan ahead, selecting materials that require minimal maintenance once the install is complete.’
In an initial conversation we’ll define design and build requirements with you including space, site, size, location and any key features such as landscaping, material palettes, while estimating budget and timing. This conversation can happen onsite, in-person at our office in Bali or over Skype, telephone or email.
Our masterplanning has uncovered possibilities and opportunities for landowners and developers, which may not have been considered. This is an inherent part of our process which helps our clients realise the potential of their site, from a business-led perspective also prioritising permaculture and landscape aspects of the process.
At IBUKU, we prefer to design on the land, for the land. Early on we construct temporary platforms and walkways across the site, wherever possible, building a site office to work from, and later tracing the shape of roofs with light-weight bamboo frameworks, drawing in the air.
We develop the design at 1:100 or 1:50 scale by making a bamboo sketch model using sticks of bamboo to capture the form. The dialogue continues with the land and landowner until we capture the fullest possibility for the site, delivering it as a series of drawings, detailed sketches and bamboo scaled models.
As we develop the concept into a detailed design we finalize all technical and construction aspects, preparing a Tender Package for construction. The bamboo structural blueprint is delivered as a 1:100 or 1:50 scale model where bamboo sticks represent each column, beam and bundle, each scaled with diameters corresponding to the desired bamboo type and supplemented with detailed drawings.
Our interior architectural design and custom furnishings are integral to the structural design and are developed in parallel. Costings and logistics are analyzed, and we coordinate with consultants, where needed, for key expertise.
IBUKU are well versed in designing and building with bamboo in climates similar to Bali and broader Southeast Asia, construction in cooler climates will require further consultation and consideration.
IBUKU collate contracts with vendors providing other aspects including the development including landscaping, additional interior features, furniture, pool and other complementary vendor items.
Construction on Site
Once all planning is finalised and agreed upon, construction commences with our skilled bamboo builders and craftsmen from PT Bamboo Pure. Our architects and designers follow-up with site inspections and co-ordinate with clients for site visits as needed.
For construction outside Bali, we will also want to ascertain if there is a bamboo industry or skilled tradespeople in the region, or harvestable bamboo and treatment facilities.
If you’re planning a new building, or thinking of revitalising your space contact email@example.com.
We’ll often ask the following questions in our initial communications:
– site location/Google drop pin
– project brief/mood board
– topographical survey/soil tests, if available
– photographs of the site and surrounding areas
– project budget.