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Issue 59 - The Life Outside Issue

Issue 59

The Life Outside Issue

Introducing the Life Outside issue of Habitus magazine. With life increasingly being absorbed into a digital space, there is never a more important moment to hold something tangible. In this context, the power of nature to have a physiological impact on our sense of wellbeing has never been more important. So how can we cultivate the benefits of the our natural environment in the most intimate of places – our homes? This was the question that helped to bring this issue of Habitus to life.

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Floating forms
OtherStephen Crafti

Floating forms

Indonesia

Art and architecture come together in ‘The Arc’, a new structure at Green School in Bali, which is literally ‘out of the box’.


As mentioned by project architect Rowland Sauls for IBUKU, the practice responsible for creating this architectural tour de force, “Arc is totally unprecedented, embarking on a design that’s never been executed before. It certainly required some bravery and optimism. We were creative and stubborn enough to research and develop the answers needed for the success of the project.”

Given Singapore’s humid and tropical climate, this lightweight yet sturdy structure is extremely befitting. It also sits well with Green School, which has been, along with IBUKU, pushing boundaries for the last 12 years.

IBUKU for The Arc
Drone shot by Sasha de Laage

Comprising 14-metre-tall bamboo arches spanning 19 metres, intersected with grid shells and hovering lightly above the ground, it’s both an architectural and engineering feat. Often compared to the ribs and muscular structure of a mammal, The Arc must be a delightful environment for children to play, whether it’s basketball (a court is marked out on the concrete floor) or simply as a place for a school assembly.

Structures such as The Arc, with its distinctive form, could appear at odds when placed in a school void of vegetation. However, given the lush setting, this 14-metre-high structure still feels nestled into its environment.

With this latest bravado, one can only anticipate the next architectural move for IBUKU. And while IBUKU must be applauded for its ingenuity and creativity, it takes the right client to produce a building such as The Arc – so hats off to Green School for its relentless search of the new.

IBUKU for The Arc
IBUKU for The Arc
IBUKU for The Arc
IBUKU for The Arc
IBUKU for The Arc

Project details

Architecture – IBUKU
Photography – Tommaso Riva

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Issue 59 - The Life Outside Issue

Issue 59

The Life Outside Issue

Introducing the Life Outside issue of Habitus magazine. With life increasingly being absorbed into a digital space, there is never a more important moment to hold something tangible. In this context, the power of nature to have a physiological impact on our sense of wellbeing has never been more important. So how can we cultivate the benefits of the our natural environment in the most intimate of places – our homes? This was the question that helped to bring this issue of Habitus to life.

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