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Building with Bamboo: 13 Super Sustainable Structures

Building with Bamboo: 13 Super Sustainable Structures
It’s 100% natural, thrives in diverse climates, grows up to a whopping 39 inches per day and is super-strong; why isn’t bamboo already used more often as a building material? While bamboo structures have long been common in Asia and the South Pacific, they’re only just gaining prominence in the rest of the world. From schools to disaster shelters, these 13 bamboo buildings prove just how strong, durable, eco-friendly and visually pleasing this perennial evergreen grass can be. Water and Wind Cafe, Vietnam (images via: vo trong nghia) Made almost entirely of bamboo without the use of a single nail, the Water and Wind Cafe in the Binh Duong province of Vietnam is just one example of incredible bamboo structures designed by architecture firm Vo Trong Nghia. Bamboo Tower, Venice, Italy (images via: inhabitat) At the edge of Venice’s grand canal, a tower of bamboo seemed to sprout up organically over a period of a week. Green School, Bali (images via: greenschool.org) Solar-Powered Bamboo House

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Bamboo Buildings Bamboo Buildings Grow it, build with it. Phyllostachys aurea, Tetragonoclamus angulatus, Phyllostachys nigra f. punctuata,Phyllostaches bamb. violascens, Phyllostachys nigra f. 'Boryana',Phyllostachys viridis'Sulphurea', Phyllostachys bambusoides. (Illustration Photo by Wetterwald M.F.) The virtues of bamboo THE BAMBOO Sea in Sichuan province, China, is a 120 sq km forest of bamboo Bamboo. It’s been around us all our lives. It’s something we have so much of that we don’t even think about it anymore. But, after reading architect Rosario Encarnacion-Tan’s book “100 Things about Building with Bamboo,” it turns out bamboo is something we should begin thinking very seriously about. It’s precisely because we have so much bamboo that we have to think more about it.

Bamboo Vacation Home Casa Atrevida Casa Atrevida is a luxurious bamboo vacation home located on Preciosa Beach in Costa Rica. The 240 m2 house is primarily build with Guadua Bamboo and Teak and is earthquake and flood resistant. It was constructed in 2011 and features 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, and can host up to 10 guests. Casa Atrevida floats about one meter above the ground on concrete pillars and is build this way to protect it from river floods and excessive rain during the wet season. The house is divided into two parts, each with two floors and an open corridor that connects the two segments.

Bamboo shoots up in Eastern Cape Details 05 December 2011 Bamboo cultivation and its use in products ranging from furniture to biofuel and baskets, is set to take off in the Eastern Cape province. The Reality about Building with Bamboo What does it cost to build a bamboo house? This is the million dollar question everybody likes to have a clean cut answer too. But, make no mistake, building with bamboo requires resources! The myth (and book about) "Grow Your Own House" let people believe that building with bamboo is far cheaper than any other building material. In reality however (at present time), this is a utopia. Appropriate Building Materials: a Catalogue of Potential Solutions: Examples of building systems: Bamboo houses • The examples of bamboo houses shown on the following pages are taken from the excellently illustrated bamboo construction manual by Oscar Hidalgo Lopez (Bibl. 24.07). • All the structural components and most of the non-structural parts (floors and wall cladding) are made of bamboo. Only very little timber is used and the roof covering can be of any suitable, locally available material (eg thatch, fibre concrete, ferrocement, metal sheeting, cement mortar, or even stabilized, water-resistant soil mortar).

Bamboo Courtyard Teahouse / Harmony World Consulting & Design Architects: Harmony World Consulting & Design Location: ShiQiao, Yangzhou, China Architect In Charge: Sun Wei Design Team: Shi Jun, Peter Dykes, Zhang QianQian Area: 400 sqm Year: 2012 Photographs: T+E Located in the ShiQiao garden in Yangzhou, a city to the northwest of Shanghai, there is a floating Bamboo Courtyard Teahouse designed by Chinese architect Sun Wei, partner of HWCD. As an international design practice, with offices in London and Barcelona, HWCD has been developing various projects, specializes in boutique hotels, residents and mix-use projects. Their projects emphasize on the existing “worldwide interconnectedness” in the architecture and design spheres by bringing together traditional Asian aesthetic and modern design language. The Bamboo Courtyard is an example of the HWCD design philosophy, embracing the traditional Chinese garden fundamentals while blending into the natural environment.

Bamboo, Wattle & Daub Yurt Posted by Jeffrey | Posted in Earthen Yurt | Posted on 23-06-2012 Tags: aprovecho, bamboo, daub, earthen, kiko denzer, natual building, reciprocal roof, wattle, wattle and daub, yurt Project led by: Kiko Denzer Location: Aprovecho, Cottage Grove, OR Date: August 2012 This earthen yurt was built as part of the ‘sustainable shelter series’ at Aprovecho. Chiangmai Life Construction By Markus Roselieb Ancient Technique Rammed earth dates back thousands of years. Many European castles and the Great Wall of China were built using this technology. As the name implies, rammed earth construction involves the use of compressed earth. Thin Shell Construction Flying Concrete August 28, 2013 Sammy Steve Kornher of Flying Concrete is one of the world’s best thin shell builders.

Traditional Bamboo Floating Homes Updated A Vietnamese architecture firm with a portfolio of modern public buildings has turned its hand to perfecting indigenous low-cost houses. In contrast to the very-low-cost housing ideas we’ve covered recently, this one relies mainly on a local material that can be grown sustainably: bamboo. It’s a modular design which they say could be mass-produced; on the other hand, individual units could also be owner-built on site. H&P Architects estimate their homes could be built for $2000. They posted their design, “Low-cost bamboo housing in Vietnam,” on Designboom, providing lots of wonderful graphics but minimal text. Two bamboo houses.

The Bamboo Curtain House / Eco-id Architects Architects: Eco-id Architects - Sim Boon Yang Location: Singapore Completion: 2011 Area: 4,500 sqf Photographs: Sim Boon Yang A curtain of bamboo creates a beautiful natural screen that contrasts perfectly against the raw off-form concrete structure of this Modernist home in tropical Singapore. Recently completed, the house stands elevated on a hillside neighbourhood of single-storey houses on the fringe of MacRitchie Forest Reserve. The screen comprises two layers of mature hollow bamboo sections specially ordered from a Javanese bamboo forest. Each section of 150mm in diameter were cut to length, cleaned and left in its natural finish.

24H Architecture Architecture The 6 star hotel resort Soneva Kiri is located on Koh Kood, an island in the Gulf of Thailand. At this unique site, 24H-architecture designed a series of ecological icons to contribute to Six Senses’ high ambitions in design and ecology. Most prominent is The Children Activity and Learning Centre, which will provide visiting children a wide range of entertaining activities as well as raise the level of ecological awareness with them. This Den provides an Auditorium/Cinema for films, lectures and plays, a library with books on permaculture and local traditions, an Art room, a Music room and Fashion room, thus giving children both creative and ecological education while playing. Educational Network The Ferrocement Educational Network is a non-commercial, not-for profit, educational organization. The FEN is dedicated to serving educational needs in the field of ferrocement [also spelled ferro-cement and ferro cement]. The FEN, this website, and its associated discussion area, the FC Forum, is dedicated to the detailed collection, dissemination, and discussion of ferrocement technology.

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