Riverside Warung unveiled at Bambu Indah

Bambu Indah, IBUKU - October 24, 2017

We have something new at Bambu Indah. The Riverside Warung is now open, a joint design collaboration with IBUKU.

Elora tells the story of how we came up with the design:

“Years ago, the river warung & pools area were rice fields. When they were washed away by a break in the irrigation canal above, Dad recreated them into terraced ponds, and we walked past them for years on our way to the river, only occasionally dipping in. For a while we farmed shrimp there, at one point built a little guest house over the pond, and over the years a few magical parties. Then, it occurred to Dad that the spring water would be wonderful to swim in, and he had the ponds cleaned out and patched up a bit, and now they are pools. Because of the elevator, it’s suddenly a space that feels easy to get to, and once we started spending time down there we never wanted to leave.

 Bambu Indah Riverside Warung

He built some guest houses overlooking the pools, Copper and Moon, and what it needed next was drinks and food and somewhere to keep the pillows and mats. So, into the terraces of the slope, we imagined a shape. Joerg Stamm was visiting and shared an idea of arches made of splits of bamboo. Into the hillside we tucked a storage room, and above it a cozy basket space overlooked by a Balinese kitchen. We thought about where on the terrace the kitchen would feel right, and then how much of the area below to take up, and which ways we wanted to face when we sit and look out at the pools.

There isn’t really any direction of view that we wanted to give up, so the structure needed to be beautiful enough to deserve to be part of the view. We wanted to sit relaxed on the floor, not at proper tables and chairs, but we needed a railing and so to see over it we made a platform. The steps of it became more terraces to hang out on. The riverside is quite wild nature, rugged stones and vines and ripples of water, so we made our basket a cozy warm nest to snuggle into. The arches are arranged like they grew naturally, but in an orderly way. The bamboo matting lining the roof and the chevron of terracotta on the floor bounce sunlight off each other and glow warm in the afternoon, and even more so in the evening when the kitchen fires are burning and the old filament bulbs are on. These materials remind us of a traditional Balinese kitchen, earthy tones, low bench seating, but swirled and softened to nestle into the riverside. The cooks prepare spices and chop vegetables nearby, guests enter past the kitchen and watch the preparations for the feast.”

By the Ayung River at Bambu Indah
A message from Diane, Bambu Indah’s manager:

“Having recently opened our Warung, we are thrilled to introduce our Riverside day experience! Now is the time to come and experience Bambu Indah’s Riverside, enjoying this opportunity to escape the daily routine and stress, and allowing yourself to immerse in our greeneries, float in our natural water, sit by the river and taste endless fresh and healthy food.”

Our Riverside Day experience includes:

  • Full access to our Riverside pools from 11 am until 5.30 pm
  • Fresh towels
  • Garden tea upon arrival
  • Free-flow water
  • Farm-to-table main course
  • Gaya Gelato ice-cream
  • Opportunity to stay and enjoy an exquisite Balinese dinner at any of our restaurants with a 20% discount
  • A guaranteed day of magical and unforgettable moments!
Contact Diane directly by email for any inquiries: diane.manager@bambuindah.com or via WhatsApp: +62 81238308830


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