Green Building at the Center for Marine Conservation

April 11, 2019, Sanur,  Bali–The Coral Triangle Center has built a sustainably made bamboo pavilion that houses the reception and merchandise area as well as a small café in its Center for Marine Conservation in Sanur, Bali.

Developed by Ketut Indra Saputra, the bamboo pavilion is made out of mature bamboo between 3 to 5 years old that was locally sourced from Gianyar as well as Java in Indonesia. The pavilion has 185 large-sized bamboo pieces used mainly for the structural columns and beams, 450 small-sized bamboo pieces for the rafters, and about 1000 thinly cut bamboo pieces for the roof. Bamboo can grow up to 30 meters tall and be as large as 25 to 30 cm in diameter.

It took about one and half months to harvest the bamboo, deliver the bamboo to the treatment site, and then begin construction on the pavilion. Well-maintained bamboo structures can last over 25 years.

Bamboo is an ideal building material due to its strength and flexibility that make it earthquake resistant. It is also a sustainable and environmentally-friendly alternative to timber because it uses little energy to grow, produces more oxygen than other plants, and grows at a rapid rate with certain species growing up to 1 meter per day. In addition, bamboo has a root system that allows for lateral growth, producing new bamboo shoots every year. Thus, if harvest is done correctly, nothing new has to be replanted.

Pak Ketut learnt everything about bamboo during his childhood as part of his family’s traditions and through Balinese ceremonies. Ancient Balinese houses were made out of bamboo and now bamboo architecture has become a specialty in Asia.

Another important element of bamboo is Taksu, which is a unique Balinese concept meaning charisma and spiritual power. Taksu transcends talent and devotion to guide the hands and minds of those working with bamboo to create meaningful architectural designs. The Balinese believe this creates good energy when inside a bamboo structure.

The Coral Triangle Center is excited to present the bamboo pavilion at the Center for Marine Conservation and promote the importance of sustainable architecture for the people and the planet!