Friday, June 03, 2011

The Green School By PT Bambu

Being encourage to motivate the communities to live sustainably, environmentalist and designers John and Cynthia Hardy make an extra effort for that. Part of it was to introduce and educate people how to built with sustainable materials, namely bamboo. They establish the Green School, and its affiliates: the Meranggi Foundation, which develops plantations of bamboo plants through presenting bamboo seedlings to local rice farmers; and PT Bambu, a for-profit design and construction company that promotes the use of bamboo as a primary building material, in an effort to avoid the further depletion of rainforests.

It is located on a sustainable campus straddling both sides of the Ayung River in Sibang Kaja, Bali, within a lush with native plants and trees growing alongside sustainable organic gardens. The campus was powered by a number of alternative energy sources, including a bamboo sawdust hot water and cooking system, a hydro powered vortex generator and solar panels. 

The campus offers facilities including classrooms, gym, assembly spaces, faculty housing, offices, cafes and bathrooms. Local bamboo, grown using sustainable methods, is used widely in innovative and experimental ways that demonstrate its architectural possibilities. The result is a holistic green community with a strong educational mandate that seeks to inspire students to be more curious, more engaged and more passionate about the environment and the planet.   

Source via Archdaily
Photos by PT Bambu & Ahkamul Hakim
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