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Bamboo: The Latest Architecture and News

How Bamboo Bends to Create Curved Structures

Bamboo has endless possibilities and when combined with creativity, it can lead to a wide range of interesting shapes. In its natural form, it is a straight, slightly tapering pole. But how do we bend it to create fluid, dynamic spaces? Bamboo is naturally flexible and can be flexed into a slight bend and simple framed structures can be built using bamboo’s natural straight form.

However, it requires specific techniques to achieve extensive curvilinear forms. In the structures we build here in Bali, there are 3 techniques to create curved structures using bamboo. These are:

Kura Kura Badminton Courts / IBUKU + Studio Jencquel

© Tommaso Riva© Tommaso Riva© Tommaso Riva© Tommaso Riva+ 17

  • Architects: IBUKU, Studio Jencquel
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  300
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016

Kindergarten Classroom at Green School / IBUKU

© José Tomás FrancoCourtesy of IBUKU© José Tomás FrancoCourtesy of IBUKU+ 21

Abiansemal, Indonesia
  • Architects: IBUKU
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  155
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2008

Wuyishan Bamboo Raft Factory / TAO - Trace Architecture Office

© Shengliang Su© Shengliang Su© Shengliang Su© Shengliang Su+ 66

Floating Nest / atelier NgNg

© Quang Dam© Quang Dam© Quang Dam© Quang Dam+ 61

  • Architects: atelier NgNg
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  192
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Jotun, LG Electronics, Philips, Rhino

Vedana Restaurant / VTN Architects

© Hiroyuki Oki© Hiroyuki Oki© Hiroyuki Oki© Hiroyuki Oki+ 23

  • Architects: VTN Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1000
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020

Meditation Cathedral & Sunset Sala / Chiangmai Life Architects

© Markus Roselieb© Markus Roselieb© Markus Roselieb© Markus Roselieb+ 35

Mumbai Artist Retreat / Architecture BRIO

© Edmund Sumner© Randhir Singh© Edmund Sumner© Randhir Singh+ 25

  • Architects: Architecture BRIO
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  150
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: M-Ujala Solar Tech

Bamboo Formwork and Exposed Concrete in Architectural Projects

House for Trees / Vo Trong Nghia Architects. Image © Hiroyuki Oki
House for Trees / Vo Trong Nghia Architects. Image © Hiroyuki Oki

While concrete is without a doubt the world's go-to building material thanks to its durability, malleability, and ability to withstand a wide range of climates, it is also the principal source of CO2 emissions within the realm of construction. To combat this and reduce their creations' carbon footprint, many architects have begun experimenting and innovating in a bid to optimize concrete's technical qualities while diminishing its impact on the environment. Among these efforts, there are several projects that have explored the possibility of replacing traditional frameworks with more sustainable materials like bamboo, a resource that grows in abundance throughout many regions of the world and, along with having minimal environmental impact, renders high quality textured detailing on a variety of architectural surfaces.

The Contemporary Remodelling of Traditional Materials in Chinese Vernacular Architecture

Constrained by a lack of transportation and resources, vernacular architecture has started adapting the distinct strategy of utilizing local materials. By analyzing projects which have successfully incorporated these features into their design, this article gives an overview of how traditional materials, such as tiles, metal, rocks, bamboo, wooden sticks, timber, rammed earth and bricks are being transformed through vernacular architecture in China.

ArchDaily's Best Articles about Bamboo

ArchDaily has created a list of best articles, news and projects that address everything you need to know about bamboo.

Live Virtual Convergence - Cosmic Legacy

Join Cosmic Social Outreach team for their LIVE 'Virtual Convergence - Cosmic Legacy Event' Film Premiere "Building a Bamboo Future".

In 2018, the non profit organisation 'Cosmic Convergence' created a Bio-Construction Workshop for international students and built structures for an annual Art and Music festival on Lake Atitlán. These structures were then donated to the most underdeveloped pueblo in the area and were used to build a bamboo Primary School. Traditional Mayan building techniques were used in this sustainable and environmental architectural project which was a unique collaboration between indigenous locals, volunteers and international professionals.

The film will show 10 months

Ananda House / IBUKU

© Stephen Johnson© Shaan Hurley© Stephen Johnson© Stephen Johnson+ 20

Abiansemal, Indonesia
  • Architects: IBUKU
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  260
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015

AA/ITB Advanced Bamboo Design and Construction Summer Workshop

This 12 day design and construction workshop at the AA School in London, teaches a design process which synthesises computational design tools and materials with natural variability such as bamboo, informed though first-hand experience of the material and 1:1 scale bamboo construction.

We need to look at new sustainable, locally available natural materials for construction, and architects need to respond to this challenge and develop new processes to work with natural materials which ensure structural integrity and affordability.

The AA-ITB Bamboo Lab is a collaborative programme of the AA Visiting School and the Institut Teknologi Bandung which explores the fusion

The Millenium Bridge / IBUKU

Courtesy of IBUKUCourtesy of IBUKU© José Tomás Franco© José Tomás Franco+ 21

Abiansemal, Indonesia
  • Architects: IBUKU
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  70
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2011

Sharma Springs / IBUKU

© Rio Helmi© Rio Helmi© Rio Helmi© Rio Helmi+ 29

Abiansemal, Indonesia
  • Architects: IBUKU
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  750
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2012