Building A Bamboo Restaurant In Bali

This August, join us in Bali and participate in the construction of a bamboo restaurant on The Kul Kul Farm.

Every 11 Day Bamboo Build and Design Immersion that we host in Bali on the Bamboo U campus and The Kul Kul Farm culminates in a hands-on, full-scale construction of a bamboo building.

Over the years, with students, we’ve built a kitchen, a workshop space, office structures, yurts, a sugar processing factory, a composting building, a rice farmer’s hut, an electrical room, a nursery, hangout pods, a watch tower and a classroom.

Bamboo Classroom at Green School Bali built during a Bamboo U 11 Day Course in 2017. Photo: Tommaso Riva
Bamboo Classroom at Green School Bali built during a Bamboo U 11 Day Course in 2017. Photo: Tommaso Riva.

Student Working on Bamboo Classroom During BAMBOO U 11 Day Course
Bamboo U Students in 2017 during construction, lifting the main posts into place using a bamboo tripod.

The Structure: A Bamboo Restaurant

During the upcoming courses in Bali we will be building a brand new bamboo restaurant on The Kul Kul Farm. We’ve been working behind the scenes on the drawings and conceptual model, and will be developing this concept further in time for our July 29th Build and Design Course and the following August 20th course.

The floor plan was drawn using a 1:50 scale; a large kitchen and dining area to accommodate 60 people including guests and staff. The curvilinear shape of the restaurant is in response to the surrounding gardens as well as a response to the anticipated flow of guests: arriving through the main path, besides vegetable gardens, and into the restaurant. The open- structure will accommodate multiple entry points through the structure. A mini amphitheater and wooden deck are being planned, in order to enjoy garden and river views.

Concept and Design Process Bamboo Restaurant by Bamboo U

The Conceptual Bamboo Model

The conceptual model is being created as we speak using a 1:50 scale. We will be making use of a gridshell system that stack against one another and snake around the contour of the land. The ends of the building on either side will be raised up to catch the breeze coming up from the river valley, to allow for ventilation and airflow.

The maximum diameter for the largest arches is around 9m and the smallest around 5m, whilst the maximum height for the tallest arch is 7m and the shortest is 4m. It's big! To connect the main structures to one another, a smaller gridshell system is used as an overlap, protecting it from rain as well as being a feature that directs access to the inside of the building.

Conceptual Model of Bamboo Restraurant by Bamboo U Bali
Conceptual Model at 1:50 scale of the bamboo restaurant.

Are you keen to join us in building this bamboo restaurant? Join our next 11 Day Build and Design Immersion to participate!

Bamboo U Bali Team Working on The Bamboo Restaurant Concept and Design
Bamboo U Team working on conceptual sketches and a floor plan for the bamboo restaurant.

About the author
Maria Farrugia | Director

Bamboo U Co-Founder passionate about bamboo, sustainability, content creation and storytelling.

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