Bamboo has had a long tradition as a building material in Indonesia. In the 1980s, Linda Garland pioneered the bamboo movement, attracting international attention with her innovative home and furniture designs. She worked at spreading the knowledge of new treatment methods to preserve the bamboo and prolong its life.
Linda’s vision inspired John Hardy to encourage a greater interest in bamboo. He soon came to regard this giant wild grass as the future of sustainable building. Since 2006, John Hardy and IBUKU have built over 100 bamboo structures, both in Bali and abroad.