IBUKU Pemulung Housing Project


The Pemulung Housing Project is a housing compound designed by IBUKU to create healthy, organized living spaces for garbage collectors in Bali. Each house is a module with main living spaces, a mezzanine sleeping area, and storage room for recycled materials.

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The Pemulung Housing Project was commissioned by Danone as part of its corporate social responsibility project. Its aim is to provide healthy, organized housing compounds for pemulung, “waste pickers“, in Bali. Each module has a living space on the first floor, a mezzanine for sleeping, and storage room for recycled materials. The compound has 18 housing units, several bathrooms, kitchen, and common areas. It is made out of bamboo and recycled materials. The bamboo is used for walls and flooring, while bottles and Tetra Pak packaging are used in the roofing and insulation.

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Designed and implemented by IBUKU

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Pemulung live in other facilities provided by bandar (“middle-men”).

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Goal 11: Aims to develop sustainable housing for pemulung.

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Poeple who travel to Denpasar temporarily to increase their income by working as pemulungs.

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