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Bamboo

The Go-To Guide for Bamboo Construction

04:00 - 19 October, 2018
The Go-To Guide for Bamboo Construction, © Lucila Aguilar
© Lucila Aguilar

© 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

00:00 - 19 October, 2018
The Fuzhou Strait Culture and Art Centre / PES-Architects, Birdseye. Image © Marc Goodwin
Birdseye. Image © Marc Goodwin

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

  • Architects

  • Location

    Mawei New Town, Fuzhou, China
  • Lead Architects

    Pekka Salminen (chief designer), Martin Lukasczyk (project architect), Samuel Hsuan-yu Shih (ceramic artist), Lai Linli (project manager)
  • Design Team

    Wei Li(project coordinator), Xiaojing Guang(project manager), Yizhou Zhao, Masahide Nakane, Matti Kankkunen, Anna Blomqvist, Clara Juan, Uros Kostic, Antonio Barquinha, Martin Genet, Jian Dou
  • Area

    153000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Deployable Bamboo Structure Pavilion / Bambutec Design

16:00 - 18 October, 2018
Deployable Bamboo Structure Pavilion / Bambutec Design, © Juan Dias
© Juan Dias

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

  • Architects

  • Location

    Av. Octávio Gama - Caborê, Paraty, Brazil
  • Architects in Charge

    Mario Seixas, João Bina, Patrick Stoffel, José Luiz Mendes Ripper
  • Design

    Tomás Lanzarini, Hector Tabet, Mariana Celnik, Monique Roque, João Brum
  • Area

    345.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographer

    Juan Dias

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

01:00 - 7 August, 2018
© Schran Studio
© Schran Studio

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

  • Interiors Designers

  • Location

    Ningbo, China
  • Architects

    SU Architects,Sealand-Int
  • Lead Architects

    Jingze Li
  • Design Team

    Chen Liang, Yoko, Janet
  • Area

    1500.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Chuan's Kitchen / Infinity Mind

18:00 - 15 July, 2018
Chuan's Kitchen / Infinity Mind, Bamboo waving  stretching through the space. Image © Haochang Cao, Songyang Ba
Bamboo waving stretching through the space. Image © Haochang Cao, Songyang Ba

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

  • Architects

  • Location

    4/F, Poly Canal Palza, Foshan, Guangdong, China
  • Director

    Xiaowen Wang
  • Project Team

    Ruimin Wu, Jiaxun Xue, Yanqiu Lin, Zhirui Huang
  • Area

    450.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

This Retractable Bamboo Yurt Can Be Easily Transported and Installed

06:00 - 10 July, 2018
This Retractable Bamboo Yurt Can Be Easily Transported and Installed , © Tommaso Riva
© Tommaso Riva

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

08:00 - 9 July, 2018
© 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

Stone, Glass, and Bamboo Meet in Foster + Partners' Recently-Opened Apple Store in Macau

12:30 - 2 July, 2018
Stone, Glass, and Bamboo Meet in Foster + Partners' Recently-Opened Apple Store in Macau, Apple Store, Sands Cotai Central, Macau - exterior at night with the cube illuminated and bamboo planting framing the entrance with people. Image Courtesy of Nigel Young, Foster + Partners
Apple Store, Sands Cotai Central, Macau - exterior at night with the cube illuminated and bamboo planting framing the entrance with people. Image Courtesy of Nigel Young, Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners has published photographs of their recently-opened Apple Store in Macau, intended as a “new oasis of calm” against the city’s buzz and excitement. The store, opened on June 29th, was designed in response to a brief calling for “an inviting, contemplative space, where technology, entertainment, and arts come together to make a positive contribution to the city.”

Apple Cotai Central was designed in a close collaboration between Foster + Partners and Apple’s chief design officer Sir Jonathan Ive, a collaboration which has previously produced Apple stores at Michigan Avenue in Chicago, and Regent Street in London.

Apple Store, Sands Cotai Central, Macau - interior with bamboo planters rising up through the cube lantern. Image Courtesy of Nigel Young, Foster + Partners Apple Store, Macau, Sands Cotai. Looking up into the light lantern framed with densely planted Bamboo. Image Courtesy of Nigel Young, Foster + Partners Apple Store, Sands Cotai Central, Macau - interior at retail level with stone stairs descending from the cube. Image Courtesy of Nigel Young, Foster + Partners Apple Store, Sands Cotai Central, Macau - retail floor inside the cube lantern with bamboo rising from the planters below. Image Courtesy of Nigel Young, Foster + Partners + 8

The Sun Shed of Chun Qin Yuan Ecological Farm Renovation / Mix Architecture

20:00 - 26 June, 2018
The Sun Shed of Chun Qin Yuan Ecological Farm Renovation / Mix Architecture, Multiple Function Room Bamboo Umbrella and Star. Image © Lin Cong
Multiple Function Room Bamboo Umbrella and Star. Image © Lin Cong

The Edge and Partial of Umbrella. Image © Lin Cong Multiple Function Room Entrance. Image © Lin Cong Central Stage. Image © Lin Cong Entrance. Image © Lin Cong + 16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Qingshui Village, Zhenzhou town, Yizheng, Jiangsu, China
  • Design Team

    Tao Tang, Suning Zhou, Ziye Wu, Zhuju Wei, Bin Peng
  • Construction Team

    Yizheng Guanshuiling Construction Service Co., Ltd.
  • Area

    6800.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Meijie Mountain Hotspring Resort / Achterboschzantman Architecten

22:00 - 18 June, 2018
Meijie Mountain Hotspring Resort / Achterboschzantman Architecten, © Anna de Leeuw
© Anna de Leeuw

© Anna de Leeuw © Anna de Leeuw © Anna de Leeuw © Anna de Leeuw + 49

Bamboo Theatre / DnA

02:00 - 25 May, 2018
© Ziling Wang
© Ziling Wang

© Ziling Wang © Ziling Wang © Dan Han © Dan Han + 13

  • Architects

    DnA
  • Location

    Hengkengcun, Songyang, Lishui, Zhejiang, China
  • Lead Architects

  • Client

    Songyang Tourism Development Co., Ltd.
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Bamboo Craft Village / Archi-Union Architects

00:00 - 24 May, 2018
Bamboo Craft Village / Archi-Union Architects, © Bian Lin
© Bian Lin

© Huapeng Chu © Li Han © Huapeng Chu © Huapeng Chu + 19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Daomingzhen, Chongzhou, Chengdu, Sichuan, China
  • Principla Architect

  • Architecture

    Alex Han, Xiangping Kong, Shaoying Lei, Bing Yang
  • Interior

    Qinhao Wen, Xiaoming Chen, Jingyan Tang, Qiucheng Li, Ju Wang
  • Structure

    Jing Wang, Jinjiang Zhou, Lei Li, Chen Liang, Chen Liang, Qiang Zhou, Xiang Zhang, Xiaoyi Zhao
  • Electromechanical

    Yong Liu, Ying Yu, Xi Li, Yong Wang, Dawei Wei
  • Digital Fabrication

    Wen Zhang, Liming Zhang, Sizhong He
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

8 Biodegradable Materials the Construction Industry Needs to Know About

09:30 - 2 May, 2018
8 Biodegradable Materials the Construction Industry Needs to Know About

In architecture we are so caught up in creating something new, we often forget about what happens at the end of a building’s life cycle—the unfortunate, inevitable demolition. We may want our buildings to be timeless and live on forever, but the harsh reality is that they do not, so where is all the waste expected to go?

As with most non-recyclable waste, it ends up in the landfill and, as the land required for landfill becomes an increasingly scarce resource, we must find an alternative solution. Each year in the UK alone, 70–105 million tonnes of waste is created from demolishing buildings, and only 20% of that is biodegradable according to a study by Cardiff University. With clever design and a better awareness of the biodegradable materials available in construction, it’s up to us as architects to make the right decisions for the entirety of a building’s lifetime.

Can Architecture Save China’s Rural Villages? DnA’s Xu Tiantian Thinks So

09:30 - 20 April, 2018
Bamboo Pavilion. Image © Zhou Ruogo
Bamboo Pavilion. Image © Zhou Ruogo

Travel seven hours by car in a Southwest direction from Shanghai and you will arrive in Songyang County. The name is unfamiliar to many Chinese people, and even more foreign to those living abroad. The county consists of about 400 villages, from Shicang to Damushan.

Here, undulating lush green terraces hug the sides of Songyin river valley, itself the one serpentine movement uniting the lands. Follow the river and you will see: here, a Brown Sugar Factory; there, a Bamboo Theatre; and on the other side, a stone Hakka Museum built recently but laid by methods so old, even the town masons had to learn these ways for the first time, as if they were modern methods, as if they were revolutionary.

Can Architecture Save China’s Rural Villages? DnA’s Xu Tiantian Thinks So, Bamboo Pavilion. Image © Zhou Ruogo
Bamboo Pavilion. Image © Zhou Ruogo

And maybe they are. Songyang County, otherwise known as the “Last Hidden Land in Jiangnan,” may look like a traditional Chinese painting with craggy rock faces, rice fields and tea plantations, but it has also become a model example of rural renaissance. Beijing architect Xu Tiantian, of the firm DnA_Design and Architecture, has spent years surveying the villages of Songyang, talking to local County officials and residents, and coming up with what she calls “architectural acupunctures.”

Brown Sugar Factory. Image © Wang Ziling Teahouse, Damushan Tea Valley. Image © Chen Hao Teahouse, Damushan Tea Valley. Image © Jiang Xiaodong Bamboo Pavilion. Image © Zhou Ruogo Bamboo Pavilion. Image © Zhou Ruogo Bridge at Shimen Village. Image © Han Dan Bridge at Shimen Village. Image © Wang Ziling Bridge at Shimen Village. Image © Wang Ziling Wang Jing Memorial Hall. Image © Wang Ziling + 70

ODA Unveils Images of Bamboo-Inspired "Dragon Gate" for New York's Chinatown

14:00 - 4 April, 2018
ODA Unveils Images of Bamboo-Inspired "Dragon Gate" for New York's Chinatown, Courtesy of ODA New York
Courtesy of ODA New York

ODA New York has released images of its proposed “Dragon Gate” pavilion for New York’s Chinatown, seeking to act as a symbolic gateway to the famous Manhattan neighborhood. Using modern materials and forms to invoke symbols of traditional Chinese culture, the scheme seeks to capture Chinatown’s remarkable duality: a community of tradition resistant to change, yet one regarded as a uniquely contemporary phenomenon showcasing New York’s inclusive diversity.

Situated on a triangular traffic island at the intersection of Canal, Baxter, and Walker Streets, ODA’s scheme seeks to activate a currently-underused pedestrian space. The Dragon Gate consists of a triangular form adhering to a three-dimensional, gridded structure formed from interwoven, tubular, bronze steel inspired by bamboo scaffolding. As the structure densifies, selected pieces will be painted red to create the illusion of a dragon in mid-flight.

Courtesy of ODA New York Courtesy of ODA New York Courtesy of ODA New York Courtesy of ODA New York + 5

1305 STUDIO in Shanghai / 1305 STUDIO

00:00 - 30 March, 2018
© Shen-photo
© Shen-photo

© Shen-photo © Shen-photo © Shen-photo © Shen-photo + 42

  • Architects

  • Location

    Changning Qu, Shanghai, China
  • Lead Architects

    Qiang Shen, Zhigang Fu
  • Area

    480.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Temporary Pavilion in Malaysia Aims to Raise Awareness of Bamboo as a Construction Material

08:00 - 27 February, 2018
© Pixelaw
© Pixelaw

The use of bamboo in construction is not yet widespread. This is the reason why Eleena Jamil proposes the use of this sustainable material in different configurations, resulting in a resistant, light and permeable structure.

The project, an urban pavilion in Malaysia built mainly with circular bamboo rings, explores the different possibilities of the linear material with a variety of measurements and links of joinery and strings.

New Pastoralism Lecture Hall / SYN architects

17:00 - 12 February, 2018
© BenMo Studio / Ming Yan
© BenMo Studio / Ming Yan

© BenMo Studio / Ming Yan © BenMo Studio / Ming Yan © BenMo Studio / Ming Yan © BenMo Studio / Ming Yan + 30

  • Architects

  • Location

    Yangshan Town, Wuxi, Jiangsu, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Yingxi Zou
  • Design Team

    Jiansheng Liu, Yang Xie
  • Area

    1618.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs