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Bamboo: The Latest Architecture and News

Local Techniques in Big Cities: Beyond Earth and Bamboo

Vernacular techniques and local materials are becoming more and more relevant in architecture, but is it possible to bring these concepts to large urban areas?

In 1984, the Amazonian architect Severiano Porto had already pointed out the need to make architecture more connected to its location. Using local materials and techniques is becoming more important each day, considering the impacts of the commodity chain of building construction on the planet. Not surprisingly, the number of projects that use this approach is growing every day, as Severiano has already mentioned in his work since the 1980s.

Himalesque / ARCHIUM. Image © Jun Myung-jinEscola em Gana / Alberto Figueroa. Image Cortesia de Alberto FigueroaCortesia de Warka WaterGrotto Retreat Xiyaotou / A( )VOID. Image © Guo Zhe+ 16

Kengo Kuma Creates Multisensory Bamboo Installation for Milan Design Week

Courtesy of OPPO and Kengo Kuma Associates
Courtesy of OPPO and Kengo Kuma Associates

For the 2021 Milan Design Week, Kengo Kuma Associates designed a bamboo installation that merges form, materiality and music, creating a multisensory experience. Created in collaboration with smart device manufacturer OPPO, Bamboo (竹) Ring :|| Weaving a Symphony of Lightness and Form answers the "Creative Connections" theme by merging architecture and music, as well as craftsmanship and technology.

Courtesy of OPPO and Kengo Kuma AssociatesCourtesy of OPPO and Kengo Kuma AssociatesCourtesy of OPPO and Kengo Kuma AssociatesCourtesy of OPPO and Kengo Kuma Associates+ 14

Bamboo Sports Hall for Panyaden International School / Chiangmai Life Construction

© Markus Roselieb© Markus Roselieb© Alberto Cosi© Markus Roselieb+ 29

ตำบล หางดง, Thailand
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  782
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Borax, PSC Commercial, Yang Ma Sports Tech

Towards a Sustainable Future: Local Materials and Methods in Contemporary Chinese Architecture

Over the course of the last decade there has been a growing interest in the handcrafted buildings, as well as in the application of local and renewable materials in building construction. Under the concerns about the heavy environmental and economic expenses caused by construction, nowadays urban planners are embracing the concept of sustainability, which refers to “meeting our own needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”.

Bamboo Playground / Blue Temple

© Matias Bercovich© Matias Bercovich© Matias Bercovich© Matias Bercovich+ 21

  • Architects: Blue Temple
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  95
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019

Casamia Community House / VTN Architects

© Hiroyuki Oki© Hiroyuki Oki© Hiroyuki Oki© Hiroyuki Oki+ 27

The Arc at Green School / IBUKU

© Tommaso Riva© Tommaso Riva© Tommaso Riva© Tommaso Riva+ 46

Kecamatan Abiansemal, Indonesia
  • Architects: IBUKU
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  760
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2021
  • Professionals: Atelier One

Roofing Systems for Bamboo Buildings

Roofings are perhaps the most fundamental architectural element of bamboo buildings (together with foundations). Well-designed and built roofs play a key role in protecting a bamboo structure whilst adding to the beauty and experience of the space. What qualifies as a well-designed bamboo roof? 

There are a couple of key elements that need to be considered: 1) the overhangs of the roof to mitigate the weathering of bamboo poles from direct sun and rain, 2) the pitch of the roof for water flow, 3) the spacing of the rafters for rigidity, and finally, 4) the material used. In Bali, we have experimented with many different roofing materials and techniques. In this article, we share 5 of the most commonly used roofing systems for our bamboo buildings: 

A Bamboo Majlis for the 2021 Venice Biennale Designed by Simón Vélez and Stefana Simic

Part of the official collateral events of the 17th International Architecture Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia, Caravane Earth Foundation will bring a unique bamboo Majlis, to the gardens of the Abbazia di San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice. Designed by internationally acclaimed bamboo architects Simón Vélez and Stefana Simic, the project will be on display from 22 May to 21 November 2021.

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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