For those who follow fashion design trends, the name of Elora Hardy is generally associated with American designer Donna Karan, who employed her as a leading textiles designer for a long period of time. But with the course of time the New York lifestyle probably tired Elora, as she decided to come back to her homeland to be far from the hustle and bustle of NYC on the island of Bali, where she was born to the family of the famous jeweler John Hardy.
After she moved back to her parents’ home in 2010, Elora decided to continue what her parents – John and Cynthia Hardy – started a decade ago, namely, to build houses and hotels of eco-friendly material, such as bamboo. Being youngest of the Hardy family, she founded an architectural design company – Ibuku – to begin designing not only individual buildings of this material, but the entire complex, which was later named the Green Village.
Sharma Springs became the first successful project of Ibuku company. It is a bamboo villa made by Elora Hardy for the Canadian family of millionaires – Sumant and Myriam Sharma and their four daughters. When you look at Sharma Springs for the first time, it seems that a large bamboo flower gracefully hangs over the canopy of the exotic trees that surround it.
However, on closer inspection of the building, it is quite obvious that it is a proper building with a total area of 750 square meters (8073 ft²), which besides all other imaginable amenities also has quite a spacious garage suitable to give room for four cars.
And although the first two levels of the villa are made of stone, the rest of the structure is made entirely of bamboo, which is a Balinese traditional construction material. According to Elora, despite the apparent lightness of the edifice, it is very durable and can withstand the most severe earthquake which can occasionally happen in these parts of Indonesia.