Designing a school in Sumba

In 2015 we were commissioned to design a very special project located in Sumba in eastern Indonesia. Sumba is one of the most disadvantaged places in Indonesia. Inge from the Sumba Hospitality Foundation came to us with her vision for a way to help the island: building a hospitality school for local students in Sumba Barat Daya.

We believe the school will change many, many lives. This is our first project outside Bali, so it has been a logistical challenge, but it means a lot to the team because of the very special cause. It is close to our hearts because the students will be living and learning sustainably. The school is a manifestation of Inge’s care and concern for others, by encouraging conscientious tourism while showcasing the potential of bamboo as one of the existing natural resources of Sumba.


Sumba’s future is in the hands of Sumba people.


Our Balinese craftsmen have been living in Sumba for months now; their resilience while working away from home in a tough environment is inspiring. The Balinese builders actually live on site and interact with Sumbanese people around the site. Because they are Balinese, they are known for their cooking skills, so the neighbors bring meat or vegetables for them to cook and then join them. Connecting cultures through craftsmanship and food!

We hope this bamboo campus will lead the students to question and realize that advancement/development does not have to mean stock standard stereotype concrete buildings. Bamboo and other traditional materials are future-proof.

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