Book of Shelters, Shacks, & Shanties, by D. C. Beard. 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
Bamboo Building Essentials Onine Book On Green Building & Remodeling Information Every builder needs a niche – a way to find good work without butting heads against cutthroat competition. The new book Build Smarter with Alternative Materials by Leon Frechette explains how to get a leg up on the competition by working smarter, not just harder. This Web site includes dozens of excerpts from the book, including complete chapters designed to make or save you money on every job. You'll get the facts, not the hype on these materials – including what to do and what to avoid, installation tips and man-hour estimates. Click on any chapter title in the blue bar at the left to see the chapter contents. Within each chapter you'll find a list of new materials recommended by the author. Leon Frechette presents TOOL TALK, a live tool demonstration at home & garden shows across the United States and Canada.
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. Guadua Bamboo dominates the design, being used both for decorative purposes and as a structural material. Casa Atrevida features a rooftop garden with 30 different plant species that serve several functions. Thin sliding doors made from teak let air circulate freely in the rooms on the second floor, this creates cross breezes for natural ventilation during the day. Casa Atrevida can accommodate up to ten guest and can be booked all year round for rates that vary between $2,100 and $3,500 per week, depending on the season.
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. (Image: Wikimedia ) MEDIA CONTACTS • Pelo Gabaraane This email address is being protected from spambots. RELATED ARTICLES • South Africa's greenest dairy • E Cape entrepreneurs in spotlight • R200m tomato factory opens in PE • Emerging farmers on the rise • E Cape bursts into spring Emily van Rijswijck It is one of the fastest growing plants in the world and has a multiplicity of uses, from the manufacture of biofuel to decor accessories, furniture and building materials. A miracle plant? And it is these qualities – and the potential to alleviate poverty in South Africa's poorest province – which have convinced the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) to embark on pilot projects for the cultivation and production of bamboo and its related products. Economically viable within five years Bamboo can grow at an incredible rate.
Guide to Straw Bale Building 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.) Mason Lane Farm Equipment Building, Goshen, Kentucky made from locally grown bamboo by De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop, deleon-primmer.com Mason Lane Farm Equipment Building, holds hay and farm equipment, the open lattice design allows the hay to air dry. Great Wall House, China. Great Wall House. www.commune.com.cn Arch: kkaa.co.jp Inside the Great Wall House, China. www.commune.com.cn Bamboo ceilings, bamboo walls. www.commune.com.cn Bamboo ceilings, bamboo walls. Bamboo dining room at Great Wall House, China. www.commune.com.cn Passive House by Karawitz Architecture closed on the north side, open on the south. www.karawitz.com Close-up of bamboo shutters by Karawitz Architecture. www.karawitz.com
Chiangmai Life Construction By Markus Roselieb Ancient Technique Rammed earth dates back thousands of years. A mixture of earth consisting of the right amount of sand, gravel and clay is poured into a mould or formwork. Soil mixture The ideal soil mixture for rammed earth consists of clay, sand and gravel up to a size of 3cm. Cement replaced the function of the clay as the glue in modern age. Besides this earth building technique, there are other common methods like adobe (earth bricks), wattle and daub (wood or bamboo grids plastered with earth), and cob (a mixture of earth, straw or any natural fiber, and sand). Strong Load Bearing Walls Rammed earth has the highest density of all earth-building techniques and has the highest compression strength. How To Build A Rammed Earth Wall? To create these walls, a mould is needed which helps to define the shape of the wall. Prior to the compaction, the mould is filled with slightly moist soil up to a layer height of between 8cm to 15cm. How Long Does It Last?
2 Construction Manuals For Earthquake-resistant Houses Built Of Earth EARTH ARCHITECTURE — THE BOOK The groundbreaking survey Earth Architecture is available in a paperback edition or in the original hardcover edition Buy Earth Architecture if you live in the following countries:: | United Kingdom | Germany | China | France | | Canada | Japan | Italy | United States | Synopsis Currently it is estimated that one half of the world's population—approximately three billion people on six continents—lives or works in buildings constructed of earth. 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. The yurt is made from site harvested bamboo, lashed together using recycled bailers twine. It features a reciprocal roof, meaning that every beam is supported by all the beams in front, and in turn supports all behind it. The beauty of the yurt is the circular space it contains, we live so often in box shaped houses with box shaped rooms. The project made me think a lot about the underused power of the circle in architecture and society. The bamboo framework The bamboo framework anchors into the deck The wattle is woven into the yurt framework, notice the tire which aided the raising of the reciprocal roof The reciprocal roof
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. 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. The Den is located at a rocky slope close to the sea. Next to the Den, the site provides a sleeping pod for toddlers, and a toilet building as well as a cooking cave with vegetable garden for the children to prepare their own lunch with a special cook. The design adopts all bioclimatic aspects to suits its humid tropical environment.