Bamboo House: the word “Bamboo” evokes in many of us the image of the tall, leafy plant that gardeners use as screens in our gardens or maybe the image of the depleted natural habitat of pandas in China.
A considerably smaller amount of people will think about bamboo flooring or even furniture made with this wonderful material.
The use of this material is not new: traditionally used to manufacture small objects like:
- or scaffolding for construction.
In the last few years the bamboo market has exploded to a staggering 25 billion USD worldwide (2012).
Many applications now use Bamboo:
- bioenergy industry,
- pulp and paper industry,
- high tech,
Bamboo can replace a commodity that is becoming more and more unsustainable: wood.
The advantages of a bamboo House
Technically a grass, bamboo has many advantages over wood:
- It is economical and helps achieve cost effective construction.
- It offer technical performance better than wood for traction and compression, and its traction resistance doubles the one of steel.
Bamboo is a fast growing species (up to a meter a day!) and it is a renewable resource which can be cultivated in most types of soil.
Bamboo sequesters significant volumes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere within a relatively short time period.
It is estimated that up to 1.5 billion people worldwide benefit from the bamboo industry.
Bamboo’s both green and technical credentials are certainly impressive, so why is it not widely used in construction?
- The use in construction has been held back mainly because of the lack of standardization
- The potential is enormous and more and more designers are using this material in an innovative way.
10 Inspiring Bamboo Houses:
Here are our favourite examples of original bamboo houses from all over the world.. .enjoy!
1. Noodle is an open-air Japanese restaurant that can be easily dismantled. DSA+ s designed it with the scope to create a naturalistic oasis capable of mitigating sun, wind and rain, where customers can unwind and relax while enjoiyng their meal.
2. Regardless of the ethereal atmosphere, this structure was designed by Australian architect Esan Rahmani with Mukul Damie.
It is a communal shelter for the disadvantaged around the Indian Ocean rim.
The whole pavillion design focuses on the use of readily available material and thanks to clever joinery it used bamboo almost exclusively.
3. The Rix Centre For Ocean Discoveries
Designed by De Hoog & Kierulf is a 1200sqm combined conference centre and marine science laboratory facility.
The structure of a scallop was the inspiration to develop a series flexible spaces, from conference rooms to wet and dry laboratories, seminar rooms, offices and so on.
4. Noh Bo
A village in the north of Thailand where Tyin Tegnestue designed a series of simple structures to house sleeping accommodation for orphaned children.
5. Bamboo Housing by Saint Val Architect Studio.
This project was born to aid the rebuilding efforts in Haiti. It looks for inspiration to the traditional weaving methods used in basketry.
6. This “Wind and water bar”
Designed by Vo Trong Nghia Architects is a purely bamboo structure, built using local traditional weaving methods which use natural wind energy for ventilation.
7. The Woven House by Søren Korsgaard
An example of how a traditional material can be used is a futuristic architectural structure.
The organic shape, similar to a bird’s nest is made entirely of weaved bamboo.
8. The sense of continuity of the Great Wall inspired the Japanese architect Kengo Kuma to create this house.
Kuma juxtaposed at the same time the formality of the and heaviness of the ancient wall to a light and airy bamboo wall.
9. An amazing “flying” bamboo house with bridges connecting various modules over the forest green canopy. The roofs over the construction emulate themselves the idea of open canopies.
10. The Yellow Treehouse Restaurant
This extraordinary restaurant on a tree conceived by Pacific Environment Architects in New Zealand.
It has an oval shape, organically wrapped around an enormous redwood tree.
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