Sumba House at Bambu Indah

Sumba House at Bambu Indah

A few years ago, on one of  John Hardy’s regular trips to Sumba, he fell in love with the traditional Sumba houses. He and his daughter, Elora, decided to replicate one using bamboo in Bali in the grounds of Bambu Indah, his hotel in Ubud. The final result is spectacular, unlike anything in Bali, and has become a favorite room for the Bambu Indah guests.

Sumba House at Bambu Indah

We traveled to Sumba again a few times, and then the IBUKU team went to measure the proportions of the traditional house and explore the features and details, ultimately following the traditional proportions quite closely. We replaced the primary wood columns with our structural ‘Petung’ bamboo  and sourced the traditional ‘Empel’ bamboo for the walls and floors because of its beautiful form and its tendency to attain a rich patina of shine where touched by human hands. We used our tallest poles to achieve the most dramatic roof height (a bit taller than the traditional, we confess) and used the same bundled thatch technique as is used in Sumba. Within the roof, in place of the traditional grain and textile storage space, we added a loft bedroom with a dramatic skylight extending the length of the roof.

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