In the palm of your hand — Behind the details
October 12, 2019
When we began building with bamboo the focus was on dynamic structural shells. As we started building homes we realized that the interior details needed to live up to the majesty of that conversation we had started. Those mundane things that usually disappear or camouflage in a conventional mixed-media house really stand out against bamboo, and can pull you out of the journey. We strive to make sure the details feel like part of our world.
The smallest cuts — Behind the simplicity
April 19, 2018
One of the special things about this clock is that we used the intact slices of tiny bamboo to form the circular elements of the numbers. For example, the six has a circle in it, so we find the smallest piece of bamboo and slice it across. The little curving arm is made of another cross section cut in half. Instead of chopping the bamboo up completely to bend it to our imaginations, we give it the chance to lead us along it’s path of least resistance, somewhere we wouldn’t have thought up on our own.
Architectural Digest Embraces Bamboo
May 25, 2017
It is an honor to have our beloved Ananda House make its debut in the esteemed Architectural Digest USA (May 2017) as a 10-page feature story. To share the story of our journey with David and then to hear how the home makes him and his family feel has been a dream for us.
Headed to the west coast of Africa — Spreading the magic dust of Bali
February 8, 2017
In February, we gathered at IBUKU’s temple to pray and ask for a blessing for a long journey ahead.
Bamboo is yoga in architecture — The Yoga Pavilion at Four Seasons
April 8, 2016
Set in a secluded valley at the Four Seasons in Sayan, the Dharma Shanti Yoga Pavilion feels at once soaring and grounded. The roof is a leaf that rests at the edge of the forest where the valley opens up to terraced rice fields and the river beyond.
The story behind our project names — Why did we name it Cacao House?
March 26, 2016
The names we give our houses come directly from the land and natural elements around the houses. One house was named for its view of little shrine, another for a moment every morning where the sun just pours into the space.
Designing a school in Sumba
June 24, 2015
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.
Creating a riverside spa in Bali
December 9, 2014
“It meant a lot to me to have the chance to design on the Ayung River. I grew up on its banks and always found a sense of magic there. This site was set between the river’s edge and five meter cliff with water pouring down it. It was to be a spa surrounded by water. If you are going to be on the river, then you should really experience the river and feel the water – so we also suspended a teardrop on cables above the Ayung.”
The world that evolved inside of IBUKU’s homes
September 2, 2014
We have been designing furniture for each of our homes and structures for as long as we have been building them, striving to express bamboo’s strength, celebrate its uniqueness, and to complete the feeling our homes give, of being both inspired and at ease.