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Bamboo: The Latest Architecture and News

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 IBUKU Courtesy 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

Hideout / Jarmil Lhoták + Alena Fibichová

© Valentino Luis © Valentino Luis © Jordan Hammond © Emily Hutchinson + 11

Luum Temple / CO-LAB Design Office

© César Béjar Cortesía de CO-LAB Design Office Cortesía de CO-LAB Design Office Cortesía de CO-LAB Design Office + 36

Tulum, Mexico
  • Architects: CO-LAB Design Office
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  250
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019

8 Mexican Projects That Use Bamboo

In 4 Days, 100 Volunteers Used Mud and Reeds To Build This Community Center in Mexico. Image © Pedro Bravo, Sofía Hernández, Francisco Martínez Cafetería Rural Comunitaria Tosepan Kajfen / Proyecto cafeína + Komoni. Image © Patrick López Rural House in Puebla / Comunal Taller de Arquitectura. Image © Onnis Luque Sport City Oaxaca / Rootstudio + Arquitectos Artesanos. Image © Angel Ivan Valdivia Salazar + 9

Mexico is a country known globally for its traditional and contemporary architectural elements. The construction techniques characteristic of each region and the use of materials according to thermic, economic, or aesthetic needs result in unique spaces.

Bamboo as a constructive or decorative element, coating, facade, or roof has proven its superiority over materials such as plastic and steel.

While it is true that research on this material has advanced significantly in recent years, we know that there is still much to learn. Many architects are seeking knowledge from the past to apply to their current techniques. Below, we've selected a list of 8 Mexican projects that explore the use of bamboo in the hands of architects and artisans.

NLÉ MFS IIIx3 Prototype Launched in China Explores Ecological Intelligence

As part of a collaboration between the Centre Pompidou and the Mao Jihong Arts Foundation, the Cosmopolis #1.5: 'Enlarged Intelligence' exhibition features the developments of NLÉ Makoko Floating School. The Minjiang Floating System (MFS IIIx3), the fourth prototype and the third iteration of the prefabricated self-built system for water, investigates methods to counter the challenges posed by urbanization and climate change.

Earlier prototypes of the Makoko Floating School include the Waterfront Atlas (MFS II) launched in Venice, Italy and the Minne Floating School (MFS III) in Bruges, Belgium. The project, initially developed for the water in Lagos, is now usable in all these sites including the Jincheng Lake in Chengdu.

Courtesy of NLÉ Courtesy of NLÉ Courtesy of NLÉ Courtesy of NLÉ + 6

The Go-To Guide for Bamboo Construction

© Lucila Aguilar © Lucila Aguilar © Lucila Aguilar © Lucila Aguilar + 8

Bamboo is an ancient building material that has been used in a variety of countries and building types. A sustainable material with a unique aesthetic, it is arguably one of the greatest architectural trends of the moment.

This material's structural and sustainable qualities demonstrate that bamboo can be three times more resistant than steel and grow about 4 feet (1.22 meter) in just one day.

The Fuzhou Strait Culture and Art Centre / PES-Architects

Five jasmine petals. Image © Yong Zhang Spiral ramp. Image © Marc Goodwin curved gallery venue entrance. Image © Marc Goodwin opera hall. Image © Marc Goodwin + 40

Fuzhou, China
  • Architects: PES-Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  153000
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018

Deployable Bamboo Structure Pavilion / Bambutec Design

© Juan Dias © Juan Dias © Juan Dias © Juan Dias + 38

Portal de Paraty, Brazil
  • Architects: Bambutec Design ; Design: Tomás Lanzarini, Hector Tabet, Mariana Celnik, Monique Roque, João Brum
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  345
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018

Lost Villa · Valley Land Boutique Hotel Interior Design / DAS Lab

© Schran Studio
© Schran Studio

© Schran Studio © Schran Studio © Schran Studio © Schran Studio + 30

Ningbo, China
  • Interiors designers: DAS Lab ; Architects: SU Architects,Sealand-Int
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1500
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017

Chuan's Kitchen / Infinity Mind

Dim light matches concrete furnishing. Image © Haochang Cao, Songyang Ba Passage from entrance to interior. Image © Haochang Cao, Songyang Ba Bamboo waving  stretching through the space. Image © Haochang Cao, Songyang Ba Bamboo waving detail. Image © Haochang Cao, Songyang Ba + 9

Foshan, China
  • Architects: Infinity Mind
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  450
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017

This Retractable Bamboo Yurt Can Be Easily Transported and Installed

Tradition and innovation. Those are the two pillars within which Bamboo U's workshop’s creative pendulum strives to swing. Following the practice of ancient Mongolian yurts, participants of Bamboo U, a build and design course in Bali, have created a bamboo yurt which can fold like an umbrella and can be deployed in an instant. Under the guidance of the German master-builder Jörg Stamm, students built the first retractable yurt prototype in Bali during Bamboo U’s last edition in April.

Sombra Verde's 3D Printed Bamboo Structure Bridges the Gap Between Tradition and Technology

© Carlos Bañón
© Carlos Bañón

Bridging the gap between the old and the new is never easy. Traditional building methods, where you often adjust to the unpredictability of a natural material, seem to contrast with the mechanical precision of modern construction. Sombra Verde - a bamboo gazebo developed by AIRLAB and Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) as part of Singapore’s Urban Design Festival 2018 - bridges this gap. The traditional raw bamboo poles, used extensively throughout Southeast Asia, are combined with 3D printed connectors, utilizing a series of new technologies. The result is an iconic, lightweight structure in Singapore’s Duxton Plain Park that promotes the use of public space, sheltering the population from both the intense sun and heavy rain.

© Carlos Bañón © Aurelia Chan © Carlos Bañón © Aurelia Chan + 24