lbuku has recently completed its first international project, TRi Restaurant in Hong Kong
Designed by lbuku, a team of designers and builders who aspire to make the most of bamboo and local talented craftspeople and young minds, TRi Restaurant in Hong Kong is the firm’s first international project outside Bali. "TRi is a new step in a new direction, outside Bali, in an existing structure not made of bamboo, and the Ibuku team did an amazing job," said John Hardy, co-founder of Ibuku.
Located in Repulse Bay, TRi captures the pure essence of Bali in a unique dining experience. The concept for TRi came from the Balinese philosophy of Tri Hita Karana, the union and balance of three elements: man, nature, and divinity. Similarly, guests pass through three areas during their TRi experience —Kampung (the Village), Kebun (the Garden) and Hutan (the Forest).
The design elements are inspired by Bali's cultural heritage and natural beauty and bamboo has been used as the primary material. Besides bamboo, TRi also features Balinese metalwork, slabs of river stone, and traditional cloth to match with the surrounding natural beauty and features of Repulse Bay.
The first area, Kampung, welcomes the guest into a Balinese compound with woven panels and mats, speaking to humble village homes and hand-craftsmanship. Guests then move into the bright world of a well-organised family garden, or Kebun. Natural but cultivated, geometric patterns can be seen through the hollows of sliced bamboo bringing about a play of light and shadow.
Finally, TRi guests come to the original Bali with a free natural wildness to this space, overlooking a calm river flowing to the sea. Along the far length of windows is a curving, terraced-edge pond. Stepping stones leading to pods on the water, which create intimate seating for romantic dinners and for small groups. The oversized lotuses dominate the pond, while becoming another layer of the view, their silhouettes echoing the mountain range beyond.