The Bunkhouse is now complete, and will house interns and people for short term visits to the farm. It was designed to train a number of workers from the island of Sumba in the art of building with bamboo. The project took two months to complete with 1 skilled English tradesman, 2 professional balinese bamboo carpenters, 11 workers from the island of Sumba and a few extra hands in the last couple weeks of the project.
The building is made entirely of bamboo with a simple tin roof. It has five rooms and can house up to 20 people at one time. It is equipped with a gas stove, sinks, and outdoor composting toilets and showers. Most of the joints, floor, and walls are pinned together using hand-made bamboo pins, which the boys from Sumba got very good at making. We also made some cool tire stairs to the showers. The tires were also used to make some innovative sinks. There is a grey-water system next to the outdoor kitchen which we plan to fill with heliconia and taro plants. The beds are already in place for one of the rooms and we are now adding the finishing touches to make the building fully functional.
The project was managed by PT. Bamboo Pure and the Ibuku Garden team. A special thanks to Stewart for all this hard work time and dedication to the project.
We are renting the Bunkhouse for US$200 a month for a single room (price gets cheaper if you’re sharing). If you’d like to come and spend some time on the farm email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enjoy our short slideshow about the construction of the building.