31 Mar '11, 9pm

TODAYonline | Business | Property | In Bali, bamboo is the bricks and mortar via @TODAYonline

SIBANG (Indonesia) - When Macarena Chiriboga came to Bali in 2009, she had just finished a master's degree in architecture in the United States, doing her thesis on the use of bamboo as a building material. The trip was meant to be a vacation. But drawn by the unusual architecture of a school on the island - the Green School, whose buildings are all made from bamboo - she was soon back, and is now designing buildings for the "Green Village" being built by the developer Ibuku International about an hour's drive from the Indonesian island's beaches. With 28-year-old Indonesian Effan Adhiwira, who is senior architect and also oversees construction at Green School, the Ibuku team is creating a collection of structures that look more like treehouses and pirate ships than luxury villas. But they are actually luxury villas. Perched on huge bamboo poles and overshadowed by lush gr...

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