In the valleys of Bali, Indonesia lies a community that is truly committed to sustainability: The Green Village.
It’s not far from the Green School, a project devoted to integrating sustainability within education that includes the same academic standards as schools of higher learning, but stresses hands-on, experiential learning. This sort of learning is designed to raise a generation of students who are passionate about the environmental and global sustainability. Not only does the Green School stand apart from other schools based on its philosophy and curriculum, it’s also built to integrate nature and green living into every part of its institution.
All of the structures are built primarily from bamboo, a building material that has been regarded as one of the most sustainable building materials right now, and even more so in Bali, where the resource is local to the area. The “green-ness” of the building does not end with the building materials though– it’s also situated in an undeveloped area of the jungle, nearby to the Ayung River. It’s open-air and surrounded by flourishing greenery on all sides.
Having a school wasn’t enough though. The Green School took their sustainability to the next level with the creation of the Green Village in 2010. The entire village has been designed and constructed based on sustainable principles and artisan craftsmanship Similar to the Green School, the Green Village has been built entirely using bamboo. The lead designer for this project, Elora Hardy, states that, “Even sustainable timber can’t begin to compare with bamboo as a conscientious building material. With very few resources or attention a bamboo shoot can become a structural column within three years, and that house could stand strong for a lifetime.”
The Green Village, though it feels as if it is far out in the wilderness, is actually not too far from the city– merely 25 minutes from Ubud, a city known as the cultural capital of Bali. Homeowners from all over the world have been attracted to the Green Village, and, as a result of this, a rather global community has formed within the village.
It’s no surprise either that it’s attracted residents from all over the world–after looking through pictures of homes in the village, it’s hard not to immediately fall in love with it.