UNA is a space designed to challenge perspectives on our built environment; the first bamboo project of its kind in Sri Lanka. This is slow, conscious living for the future.

    With Bamboo at the Heart

    UNA is Sinhala for bamboo, and it is truly at the heart of our dream project in Sri Lanka. Our days begin and end with UNA! Here’s why:

    Today 11% of global CO2 emissions come from the manufacturing of building materials, the transportation of those materials, and the construction process itself.

    Now more than ever there is a demand for more sustainable building materials as biologists and designers research such products as bioplastics derived from kombucha scobies, or bricks made of hemp and even mushrooms.

    Enter BAMBOO!

    An extraordinarily strong, lightweight material which has been in use in parts of the world for centuries, a material which has a high carbon fixing capacity, is capable of rapid growth, and is highly renewable, recyclable, biodegradable and compostable. The ultimate super grass!

    We have learned that working with bamboo requires an understanding of its habitat. Sri Lanka has provided us with the perfect opportunity to completely immerse ourselves in every aspect of this plant, working alongside the people who are developing the industry. We’re all learning together, and building a community as we go!

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      The Team


      Julien is our Director, bringing with him many years of experience in business management and digital marketing. He is passionate about travel and sustainability having visited more than 30 countries in his life. He is our resident adrenaline junky, and when he’s not out in the surf you can find him in his tuk-tuk searching the coast for new waves!


      Aoife (pronounced ee-fa) is our Creative Director, responsible for all things design, branding and communication-related. She has a keen eye for detail, using skills honed throughout her career in the creative industries. A spirited traveler and passionate art and music lover, Aoife can be found with a camera in hand on most days, music rolling!

      Friends of UNA

      Nomadic Resorts

      We’re still pinching ourselves about this collaboration! Known for organic structures that seamlessly integrate with their surrounding environment, and a holistic approach to design, multi award winning design firm Nomadic Resorts were the natural choice for the design of our biophilic, bamboo concept.

      Lankaboo & UNIDO

      Lankaboo is a non-profit organisation sponsored by UNIDO, set up to develop a bamboo supply chain in Sri Lanka. They were an invaluable source of information in the early days of our search for bamboo in the country, helping us to connect the dots and the people who are invested in developing the industry here.

      Bamboo U

      BambooU, a collaborative teaching program from IBUKU and KulKul Farm in Bali, was instrumental in our journey into the world of bamboo. Through their supportive and diverse global community we have gained access to leading innovators in sustainable bamboo forestry and harvesting, and design and construction.

      Permaculture Network Sri Lanka

      Asanga from Permaculture Network Sri Lanka is Sri Lanka's very own permaculture legend! With his help we have been testing our soil, determining the most suitable plants and crops, and maximising the potential at every strata of the land to create the most diverse design possible for our permaculture homegarden, and garden to table restaurant.

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