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At the end of last year I commenced my largest-scale project to date.
It is an attempt to challenge and reassess what we can consider high quality living in 2012. An effort to be as close as possible with nature without removing any real luxuries.
Constructed almost entirely from locally sourced bamboo and grass thatch, there are two main structures… ‘Sun’ which comprises a kitchen and dining area and ‘Moon’ which has a bed, living area and out the back, a semi-roofed bathroom.
I have hot and cold running water, electricity, even wifi, but I also have no walls or windows – This was the first major design amendment from my earlier plans and so far, the most exciting, as the only real way to achieve this and still feel comfortable in terms of security was to remove ‘stuff’ from my daily life – no paintings, no ornament, nothing extraneous or without practical purpose and nothing that can’t be easily and cheaply replaced. I have been living here for six months so far and beyond the sense that I am not really missing anything, this decision has given me an overwhelming sense of liberation.
I also have a large garden that in time will be able to provide enough vegetables so that I can take any excess to my local market to trade.
This is an ongoing project and as such I will be providing commentary on various other experiments that I will be attempting at the property as well as updates on what it feels like as previous city-dweller to turn to nature.
Images: Sun and Moon from the garden, looking into Sun (kitchen and dining room), looking across the dining table into the garden and out across the valley, looking into Moon (bedroom and living room), looking into the bathroom (connected to Moon), the three tiered vegetable garden (currently growing peppers, chillis, lettuce, white ginger, lemongrass, taro, aubergines, sweet potato, bok choy, aloe vera, tomatoes and watermelon) and looking out across the valley towards the volcano (Mt. Agung) with the Ayung river below.