Sometimes, having a successful career is not enough to make us happy. Although we have worked hard to rise to the top, once we have reached the last step of the ladder, we find ourselves in need of something different, something new. In this case, we let go of the old dream and start chasing a new one. Elora Hardy is one such person. The woman decided to give up on her successful career in the NY fashion world and instead headed to Bali in order to create amazing sustainable bamboo houses.
Bamboo is considered to be one of the Earth’s strongest and versatile materials. It comes as no surprise that Elora and her team of designers chose it in order to build their sustainable houses. They have spent the past five years revolutionizing the way bamboo is viewed and used in Bali. Their belief is that bamboo is an underused, but promising renewable source. To make sure insects do not eat up the plants used in the structure of her houses, Elora treats the bamboo with Boron, a natural substance. Elora’s design firm, Ibuku has not stopped at building only bamboo houses. They went even further designing sustainable furniture as well.
In her TED talk, the designer explained that it was her father who had inspired this choice. He “chose bamboo for all of the buildings on campus, because he saw it as a promise. It’s a promise to the kids. It’s one sustainable material that they will not run out of. And when I first saw these structures under construction about six years ago, I just thought, this makes perfect sense…Why hasn’t this happened sooner, and what can we do with it next?”
Bamboo has the advantage of being able to regenerate in only a few years. Moreover, it has the “compressive strength of concrete and the same strength-to-weight ratio of steel.” Bamboo structures can last a lifetime, but building with it is more challenging than using classic construction materials.
Would you like to live in one of these bamboo houses?