Pablo Luna Studio is swiftly redefining the face of sustainable tourism in Bali, Indonesia taking the ‘Bamboo Revolution’ on the island to the next level. Hailing from Chile, Spanish architect Pablo found his calling in Indonesia culminating in the studio that brings forth varied natural material experimentation with bamboo as the primary material. Beyond architecture, the team also creates bamboo jewelry and art, exploring the versatility of the green material. The idea is to combine architectural values with environmental concerns while narrating stories of the indigenous. The structures designed by the studio are a beautiful reminder of designing with nature amidst global consumerism and competition frenzy.

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1. Tree House

The magical Tree Houses designed by the studio at Ubud, Indonesia shot them to global limelight. Standing on eight-meter tall bamboo pillars, these suites for the boutique Hotel, Stonehouse, invite the surrounding jungle to the inside with natural curvatures, wall-less space, and poised bamboo interiors. The intriguing bamboo ceiling is made of three centimetre wide by four metre long bamboo splits having an average thickness of 2.5 centimetre forming a double curvature for structural support. An absolute architectural beauty in the midst of the jungle ! 

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2. 777 Studio

A proposal for a Gyrotonic and Pilates Studio in Nosara, Costa Rica. Here, geometry initiates a surreal dialogue between the indoors and outdoors. The open floor plan with a rhythmic wooden grid allows for a seamless movement of space while the renders showcase minimalistic interiors. The design largely boosts detailed bamboo paneling and repetitive wood work. The overall structure allows for integration of architecture and environment in a modern, contemporary context . 

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3. Farm House

A quiet retreat in nature in Ubud, Bali. The design borrows elements from Balinese architecture such as the hipped roof held in place with posts mounted in stone plinths, sacred sense of proportion, and harmonious gardens. Features like the adjacent toilet and shower cave bring originality and animation to the design. The interiors submit themselves to the sacredness of bamboo with a custom made bed and captivating furniture. A perfect weekend getaway for the weary souls !      

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4. Meditation Shala

An archetype for a peaceful and innovative space to meditate in nature. The design resonates with the spirit of connecting with oneself allowing privacy as well as exposure in a welcoming blend. The flexibility of bamboo accommodates an organic, down-to-Earth form. This is a stunning example of a prototype that captures the essence of a space-activity paradigm in the world of architecture and product design.

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5. 777 Villas

A compact, modern-day living envisioned at Nosara, Costa Rica. The idea involves merging the house with its natural surrounding drawing inspiration from nature. The design presents an interesting play of light and shadow that enhances the quality of space. This experience is further intensified with the abundant use of natural materials in the interior and exterior of the villa. The material palette includes copper, wood, and naturally dyed fabrics which create an absolute splendor.  

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6. Yoga Shala

The yoga pavilion was one of the initial structures created by the studio. The design consciously eliminates any sharp angles to confer with the unobstructed flow of energy during the activity of yoga. This allows for users to experience a soulful yoga session within the dedicated space. The bamboo structure is capped with a dynamic and light roof form radiating a sense of flexibility, complimenting the various yoga postures and stances. 

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7. Minang Bridge

The Minang Bridge is a striking demonstration of the strength of Bamboo. Inspired by the Minangkabau style roof believed to resemble the horns of a bull, this bridge is part of the Bambu Indah Hotel in Bali. It showcases an impressive structural design involving local craftsmanship. The design journey of the bridge also throws light on the treasured traditional knowledge of the South Asian city.    

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8. Spaces of Thought

A simple yet imposing art installation in Chile that creates an illusion of space in time. With a series of empty, wooden frames varying in height, the exhibit interprets the concept of shifting thoughts as one moves along. A rather remarkable piece of contemporary urban artwork, beautifully capturing movement one frame at a time.  

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9. Cooper Bale

el diseño de lo invisible“, which loosely translates to the “design of the invisible” is how the architect describes this endeavor in the Bambu Indah Hotel, Bali. The pavilion wears a mushroom-shaped cape made from pressed red copper scrap acquired from the bailing construction technique. The structure and adjacent moon door mingle with the surrounding earthly colors while being an eco-friendly entity.   

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10. Eco Tents

A sustainable staying alternative designed for Ibiza Villa, Bali. Equipped with modern essentials, the tent opens up to a view of the picturesque landscape over the hills. Bamboo pillars and bamboo roofs serve for a perfect getaway into nature. An organic and tranquil space for those who seek to unwind and soak the colours and scenery of the beautiful culture of Bali.       

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P.S. All pictures have been sourced from Pablo Luna Studio official website https://www.pablolunastudio.com

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Jagriti Jhunjhunwala, is an Architect and an Urban Designer, suffering from an obsessive need to bring forth stories of people and places through the lens of humanity. Keeping quiet is not one of her many skills, so do ping her on Instagram (@thatshillonggirl) for a stranger's perspective on absolutely anything. Although, you should know, she is rumoured to be a feminist.

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