Bamboo architectural designs that prove why this material is the future of modern and sustainable architecture: Part 2
Bamboo is gaining popularity as a sustainable material in the architectural world! Bamboo is used to create beautiful and majestic structures, green and respectful of their environment. It is imperative to build homes, resorts, offices, etc., in harmony with the natural environment around them. And we have curated a collection of awesome architectural structures constructed from bamboo, which prove that durability, comfort and luxury can be combined! From a luxury resort to a community center for refugee women – these architectural designs truly represent the versatility and reach of bamboo!
The predominantly bamboo Ulaman Eco-Retreat Resort is here to show you that sustainability can be well integrated with luxury. Designed by Inspiral Architects, this eco-resort is located in the village of Kaba-Kaba in Bali. It was built using materials found directly on the site and in the immediate locality, which allowed the complex to become completely zero carbon. Besides bamboo, rammed earth was used for the walls on the ground floor of the complex. Rammed earth is a wonderful green alternative to concrete which is responsible for over 8% of construction industry emissions which contributes 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
You don’t need to be an architect to want to build your own bamboo structure thanks to Giant Grass’ Zome building kit! The studio has created a DIY kit that is essentially a larger-than-life LEGO project that can live in your backyard or be enlarged to create a community space. The “zome” is a flexible space that can be used by children to relax in the backyard, such as a gazebo for entertaining guests, a greenhouse for seedlings, a creative office space, a quiet space for yoga in the garden. house, or a glamping tent – this can be whatever you want it to be. This DIY kit is perfect for those who want to experience sustainability and enjoy working on projects that result in a productive reward. The kit comes with all the necessary accessories – 350 precision bamboo strips, nuts, bolts and an installation guide to make the 3m x 3m “zome”.
Warith Zaki and Amir Amzar plan to use bamboo grown on Mars to build the first colony, named Seed of Life, on Mars. The conceptual design of the colony is actually a series or group of structures woven by autonomous robots from bamboo. The goal of the project is to create structures that do not depend on building materials shipped from Earth or to use 3D printing. “After doing a lot of research on the colonization of Mars, we realized that half of the ideas would be about deploying fully synthetic materials made on earth to build shelters, while the other half was about using the available regolith. locally, ”Zaki and Amzar said. “Human civilization has not yet built anything on any other planet besides Earth. This fact alone opens up endless possibilities of what could or should be used. Of course, 3D printing seems like a viable proposition, but with thousands of years of experience and techniques in building shelters, why shouldn’t we resort to other alternatives as well? “
The architect Rizvi Hassan used bamboo to build a community center for Rohingya women living in a refugee camp. Women can bathe and receive counseling at the community center. Featuring a sheltered circular courtyard except for an open space in the middle, the center is called Beyond Survival: A Safe Space for Rohingya Women and Girls. It is located in Camp 25, a refugee site in Teknaf, Bangladesh.
Hague is a student at the University of Westminster where she is pursuing her Masters in Architecture. Its design includes bamboo covered with shellac to emphasize the use of biomimicry in different design disciplines – in its case, it offers eco-friendly architectural solutions inspired by nature. For the main structure, Hague was inspired by the Mimosa Pudica plant which closes its leaves when it feels danger and this is how she imagined folding beams with inflatable hinges. This gave the greenhouse a unique origami effect (it actually looks like paper too!) And also allows the structure to be easily packaged flat for transport / storage.
This bamboo gym in Chiang Mai, Thailand was built by Chiangmai Life Architects. It was modeled after the petals of a lotus flower and was constructed using only bamboo! The use of bamboo ensures a cool and pleasant environment in the gym at all times. The structure has a zero carbon footprint!
Conceived by O9 design studio, native bamboo and rattan were used to build the resort town of Chi-bu, on the outskirts of Saigon, Vietnam. The materials are all locally sourced and traditional techniques have been fused with cutting edge design philosophies to build the resort. It consists of seven bungalows surrounded by a river and wild gardens! It is a haven of peace!
Casa Covida is a unique home that combines these age-old building practices with the wonders of modern technology like 3D printing to elevate sustainable architecture to a new level! Even today, mud houses are used by almost 30 percent of the world’s population because they are low-tech, affordable and simple. These aren’t just tiny huts, they cover everything from handcrafted mud buildings to traditionally modern homes – the limiting factor is the use of adobe techniques as well as sustainable materials like bamboo or wood. These materials are local and easy to find – what could be simpler than using the earth under your own feet?
The Eibche by Shomali Design takes the cabin game to a new level by incorporating the best of Balinese culture, modern architecture and comfortable interiors. The raised structure weaves concrete and bamboo into its design. The team used local building materials – wood for the structure and a brick-stone combination for the foundation. The frame is then “cemented” by concrete which brings a touch of modern minimalist architecture. The designers have chosen organic materials in order to create harmony with the environment. Eibche therefore presents many bamboo, woven bamboo, coconut wood and teak wood poles inside and out.
These intelligent bamboo nest towers were built for Paris… but in the future by Vincent Callebaut! These twirling towers are the perfect combination of architecture, sustainability and nature!
For more impressive and eco-friendly architectural bamboo designs, check out Part 1 of this article!