Australian designer Esan Rahmani in collaboration with Mukul Damle have designed “Bamboo Pavillion”, a synthesis of sustainable ideas for a communal shelter for the disadvantaged around the Indian Ocean Rim.
Focusing on readily available materials in the region, the whole pavillion is designed to be made from bamboo. Bamboo’s extraordinary physical characteristics make is suitable for all types of structures including roofing, water pipes, drainage, flooring. This along with smart joinery means that there is little need for any other materials.
All the structural elements make up a system of interconnected pipes (bamboo) which channel the rain water into a central drum where it is filtered and stored for use.
The shelter is designed with quality of life in mind. Light penetration is therefore the central focus of the main living area, where it is maximised by a radial opening in the structure. Operable panels in both the living area and bedrooms allow for light to enter the spaces while directing rain water back into the structure where it is collected.