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KAKR BULUH AWAR
Deli Serdang, Indonesia
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Location:
Deli Serdang, Indonesia
Category:
education
Phase:
in use
Updated:
30 December 2022

KAKR Buluh Awar is part of the revitalization of the historical Buluh Awar Village. The multifunction bamboo hall was built as trigger to transform the image of local people as the bamboo burners to bamboo preservers.

In the process, the bamboo hall acts as a training tool as part of the community empowerment and enhances the craftmenship skill and income.

Afterwards, the bamboo cultivation is an obligatory phase to ensure the sustainability work.

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Introduction

The KAKR Bamboo Hall is part of a grand design for revitalizing the historical ground zero of a local church in Buluh Awar Village. Buluh is a Karonese term for bambu in Indonesian or bamboo in English, while Awar derives from Awaren in Karonese, which means hole on its nodes and allows water to flow naturally for households usage. Bamboo grows naturally in vast quantity and quality surrounding this village. The village was part of historical salt and trade route carried out by Perlanja Sira, salt bearers walking by feet during the pre-Dutch Colonialism era.

Fast forward to modern era, the village is becoming less developed. No more trade glory. The bamboo is scarcely used in Buluh Awar and even burnt to provide vast land for productive crops such as paddy, brown sugar, and durians. Things got worse due to massive illegal logging and deforestation which eventually caused huge landslide of football sized hole and cutting off the main road entering the village. The villagers had to improve other road as an alternative solution.

The multifunction bamboo hall was initially designed and completed since 2019 to 2022, as the trigger to educate people of its beneficial for the environmental issues. At the beginning, they strongly refused and doubted our idea to use bamboo as main materials due to its vulnerability to termites and humidity.

However, through socialization of bamboo treatment and site visit to bamboo buildings in Bali Island, they eventually accept the design to be built.

The Bamboo Hall and its Surroundings

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Impact

During the construction phase, the involvement of local villagers were strongly recommended through community empowerment and participatory design, rather than using the Contractor. This was meant to foster their sense of belonging to the bamboo buildings and to ensure the long-term maintenance and operational.

Furthermore, we architects educate the local villagers that they will have the opportunity to enhance their craftmenship skill in construction and in the same time, to achieve new income opportunity from bamboo  products they creatively made.

To provide the availability of the bamboo materials supply for the construction and the handicrafts, we encourage the local villagers to stop burning the bamboo plants, but rather campaigning on bamboo cultivation programme. Some agreed on providing their lands surrounding the village. This eventually ensure the massive quantity of bamboo plants reserve for future usage. The bamboos grow at least three to seven years, and ready for harvesting, treatment, and construction. 

This series of programme eventually creates impact for the environment quality and sustainabiity. We believe that this will avoid threats of landslide due to bamboos' strenght in preserving the soil from moving.

After three years of mentoring and assistance, we surprisingly obtained several numbers of local villagers to be the environtmental and tourism camphions. They have successfully transformed from bamboo burners to bamboo preservers. They have also become bamboo tour guides for hundreds of architecture students and lecturers who came to learn the bamboos.




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Core team

In 2019, the great leaders of the local church invited an Architect named Ar. Boy Sembiring to design the Grand Design of the historical Buluh Awar village. Then, Ar. Boy Sembiring invited Ar. Franky Simanjuntak and Ar. Freddy Simamora for a collaboration. We surveyed the village to identify its potential, problems and issues. 

We met the village priest named Wilson Tarigan who was also in charge in running the tourism programme. He explained that the tourism was not in a good shape since the local villagers were less in participation.

Meanwhile, we explained that the involvement of the villagers were the key to achieve greater vision of community based tourism. 

Therefore, we arranged several numbers of FGDs with the local church, the villagers and the government. We educated that the community based tourism and bamboo optimization were the approriate solutions.

Fortunately, we gained trust for collaboration from the respective stakeholders. After the grand design was approved, we started to prepare for the KAKR bamboo hall as the trigger for convincing action.

The local church committee initially proposed to select  Contractors to bid since it was the usual method they carried out. But we insisted to involve community in the construction as we selected three local villagers as the management team helped by an architectural freshgraduate to daily supervise the work while we the architects do the mentoring.

In addition, we invited a skilled bamboo expert from Java to train the local villagers. After three months, the expert left and the villagers continued until its completion.

Community Empowerment

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Image gallery
Front view of KAKR building

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Aerial view of the KAKR building during roof trusses installation

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Roof truss installation by local builders

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Aerial view of KAKR building

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Local builders are installing the bamboo shingle roof

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Local builders are installing the bamboo shingle roof

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Local builders are installing the bamboo shingle roof

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Bamboo joints become an interesting interior feature

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KAKR building and its connection with the surrounding environment

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View of the KAKR building at night

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View of the KAKR building at night

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The interior of the KAKR building

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Stairs leading to the mezzanine

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Mezzanine interiors

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KAKR building interior at night

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Local community work together for the KAKR building

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The bamboo used is processed by the local community

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The local university is holding a field lecture at the KAKR building

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Bamboo treatment process

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Bamboo Cultivation

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Technical drawings
Mass Concept

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Sketch

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Site Existing

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Site Plan

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Ground Plan

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Floor Plan

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Front Elevation

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Rear Elevation

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Right And Left Elevation

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Long Section

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Graphic Image

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Graphic Image

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Trusses Plan

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Portal A

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Portal B

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Trusses

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Image Rendering

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Axonometry

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Sanitation Plan

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Construction

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Where are we now

For the time being, the KAKR bamboo hall had already been accomplished, particularly the main buildings, bamboo treatment and drying shelter, and the finishings. The future development works will be the rainwater harvesting and sanitation, toilet, furnitures, and the landscape or children playground.

There are already 1 skilled bamboo expert and 5 semi skilled bamboo experts resulted from the KAKR bamboo hall construction. Meanwhile, there were more than 60 people involved in the construction phase.

We urge the local villagers to start cultivating the bamboo for future supply.

The potential co-funders/co-financers are the local regency government, the donators and the CSR of private companies.

An indication of our team’s capacity:
65% funding already raised
80% expertise already found
50% materials / equipment already found
70% builders already found
Finance: € 19,400

Firstly, we urgently require the funding to build the rainwater harvesting installation to provide sufficient water for  future toilets. The estimation will be approximately 2,700 Euros.

Secondly, we plan to build toilets for the bamboo hall, which will require approximately 16,700 Euros. The co-funders will be the local regency government.

Thirdly, we plan to design customized furnitures which are mainly made from bamboo to enhance the skill and economical benefit for the local villagers.

And lastly, we require funding  for the landscape and parks for children. The seeds for bamboo cultivation are also the main priorities to plant in order to provide future material supplies.

  • Furnitures
2,700
  • Landscape
16,700
Skills: Technique, Planning & Management, PR & Marketing, Financial advice

To produce smoother quality of the bamboo products, we require more trainings from the experts and more machineries to achieve better qualities for export standards.

Following the better qualities, we will be more confident to market our bamboo products to Bali or abroad, for example, and achieve more income. From this increasing income, we can arrange for the routine bamboo hall maintenance or prepare for the next building to build.

Craftsmanship and Management

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Stuff: Equipment & tools
Right now we require the machineries to cut and form the bamboo into a smoother and better shape in quality. We can make precise bamboo cut and board so that the quality of the next bamboo buildings and handicrafts will be better and better.
Site Equipment

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Hands

We plan to build craftmanship workshop that the local villagers can be the center for producing the bamboo products to achieve more income and business opportunity. This works of course will require more volunteer builders, hand in hand with the villagers.

Volunteers

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