Peucang Island, located across the Ujung Kulon Peninsula, is an exceptional location. Natural, wild, remote, and very beautiful. Home to peacocks, hornbills, and dozens of other rare species. When we get permission to manage land use on this magical island, we dream to build a resort that is in harmony with nature. Then we thought, what if the guest rooms were made of bamboo?
Alternatives to Wood
Why did we choose bamboo instead of wood? There are many reasons.
Different from wood, bamboo is a grass species. Like the grass family, bamboo grows very fast and self-generating. In ideal conditions, bamboo can grow up to 60 cm per day. Bamboo is ready to be harvested when they reach the age of 3 years with a length of around 5 meters. New shoots appear and replace the harvested bamboo stalk in three to four months. Compared to the long life cycle of timber-producing trees, which reaches 15 years, the use of bamboo as the main building material believed can reduce logging and save the forests.
Bamboo is also durable, lightweight and easy to transfer. So we were able to routinely transport around 300 pieces of bamboo pole using one wooden ship with a distance of 2.5 hours from Sumur District to Peucang Island, every two weeks to once a month. Start building at the end of 2017, ten unit Batik Villa ready to sell in September 2019.
Another reason we love bamboo is that this is a strong material. Newsweek.com says that “Despite its lowly reputation, bamboo may be the strongest stuff on the planet. It has greater tensile strength (or resistance to being pulled apart) than steel, and it withstands compression better than concrete”. Also, the bamboo house is a resistant earthquake very well.
Therefore, bamboo is the best alternative material for development on Peucang Island. It is strong, supports the sustainability of the forest, and leave no waste that can disturb the ecosystem when it is no longer functioning.
Batik Villa; The Octagonal House made of Black Bamboo
We used black bamboo or Gigantochloa atroviolacea to build Batik Villa. The black bamboo is ideal for building construction materials because of its strong fiber and large trunk circumference. We also like its elegant dark color. For the furniture, we use brighter color bamboo with a unique pattern. The Latin name is Bambusa maculata. In Java, it is called “Pring Tutul” or spotted bamboo.
The wall and the floor are all made of black bamboo. On several wall sides, we carved two sides holes at the bamboo. We could not build fully open bedrooms such as bamboo houses in Bali. Because on Peucang Island, monkeys are agile hosts and love to steal guest luggage in rooms that are left open. But the bamboo holes will eliminate our boundaries with the surrounding environment. Make us feel connected to nature. Moreover, the Batik Villa was built in an octagonal shape. From the inside, we can see almost 360 degrees. Starting from the blue sea, white sand, green tropical forests, or the deer and the pigs that strolling around. But, we saved from the monkey.
Surrounded by bamboo, you will feel a comfortable atmosphere and connected to nature.