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Bali and The Green Village

Bali is not just a land of temples, volcanoes, rice fields,good diving, great food, and insane traffic. It is also the home of the Green Village and Green School. I was intrigued by this place, when, several years ago, this unique way of building and living was featured on a news program.

The video they showed was stunning, so when we returned to Bali, we had to visit this special place.

This is the description on the website -

http://www.GreenVillageBali.com

"Perched on the sacred Ayung River and surrounded by the lush Balinese forest, the Green Village is a tranquil and peaceful compound that hosts spectacular bamboo houses and villas.

For years, the compound has drawn like-minded individuals who are seeking a more sustainable and authentic way of living, a comfortable alternative to the stresses of modern society. Today, together with the world-famous Green School, Green Village has been recognized as one of Bali's most remarkable communities in sustainable living and housing.

These 13 houses are a feast for the eyes, and a showcase of how black and white bamboo can be combined to create a stunning collection of luxurious floors, walls, ceilings, stairs, and railings. Even the roofs are an innovative arrangement of bamboo shingles."

  • House
  • Living Room
  • Stairway
  • Second Level Bedroom
  • Bedroom
  • Kitchen
  • Bathroom
  • Bathroom
  • House in the Jungle
  • Bedroom
  • Bedroom
  • Doorway
  • Kitchen
  • Living Room
  • Living Room
  • Bathrooms
  • Pool
  • Roof
  • Stairway
  • Lower Level House Support
  • Foundation
  • Bedroom

Even our guide, Suka, had not visited this place before, and he was amazed that this hidden gem was practically in his backyard. You do need to make reservations, as it is so popular.

Since the houses are privately owned or rented out, we only got the opportunity to tour three of the houses. Each was very unique, and exquisitely designed. Everything from the roof to the floors was made of bamboo, and even the kitchens and baths had sustainable materials like stone, for the sinks and tubs. No nails are used.

There are basically no walls or windows, though one house had the clever idea to install rotating windows so one could have air conditioning in the bedrooms. You are one with nature in these houses, and there is a peacefulness and calmness that is lacking in most of the world.

Because the houses are perched on the hillsides in the jungle, the houses may have steep steps or walkways getting to the houses - they are not handicapped accessible. One normally enters the living area/kitchen on the first level, it is all open concept. To access the bedrooms, bathrooms and pool, one goes down steps one or more levels.

Bamboo is a fast growing and sustainable product, and can last for many years. They do treat it with a product that makes it last even longer. The roofs generally need to be repaired or replaced after five years or so. It is a tropical island that gets a lot of rain.

Visit the website. We were so glad to see this project in person, it was extremely impressive. Maybe you too can find your hidden paradise on this wonderful island known as Bali.

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