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Sharma Springs / IBUKU

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

Houses  · 
Abiansemal, Indonesia
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project IBUKU
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2012

Hideout / Jarmil Lhoták + Alena Fibichová

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

Small Scale  · 
Bali, Indonesia

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

Temple  · 
Tulum, Mexico
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project CO-LAB Design Office
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    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 Authors of this architecture project PES-Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2018

Deployable Bamboo Structure Pavilion / Bambutec Design

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

Pavillion  · 
Portal de Paraty, Brazil
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Bambutec Design
  • Design Authors of this architecture project Tomás Lanzarini, Hector Tabet, Mariana Celnik, Monique Roque, João Brum
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    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 Authors of this architecture project DAS Lab
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project SU Architects,Sealand-Int
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    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 Authors of this architecture project Infinity Mind
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    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

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

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

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

Refurbishment  · 
Yizheng, China
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Mix Architecture
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2018

Meijie Mountain Hotspring Resort / Achterboschzantman Architecten

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

Hotels  · 
Liyang, China

Bamboo Theatre / DnA

© Ziling Wang
© Ziling Wang

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

Lishui, China
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project DnA
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2015

Bamboo Craft Village / Archi-Union Architects

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

Chengdu, China
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Archi-Union Architects
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    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.