Bamboo Architecture designed to prove that this trendy + sustainable material is here to stay!
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 conical ecotourism cabins designed with a bamboo frame in Mexico to bamboo villas that curve in lotus blossoms – these architectural designs truly represent the versatility and scope of bamboo!
The bamboo structure is constructed from a series of intersecting bamboo arches 14 meters high and extending 19 meters, interconnected by anti-clastic grids that derive their strength from the curvature in two directions opposites. He employs one of nature’s best strategies to create great spaces with a minimum of founding pillars. For example, in a human rib cage there is a series of ribs working in compression that are held in place by a taut flexible layer of muscle and skin. This creates a thin but strong envelope for the lungs. Likewise in Arc, the arcs working in compression are held in place by tensioned anti-clastic grids. These fields of grids appear to drape across the spaces between impossibly thin arches hovering above and although the grids appear to hang down from the arches, they actually hold them in place.
Located next to the river, the Cocoon Villas as currently envisioned offer panoramic views of the surrounding environment through a glass facade crisscrossed with diamond-shaped bamboo joists. The diamond bamboo frame supports and protects the structure of each villa with natural waterproof and insect repellent properties, similar to Kevlar. Each villa has two floors, the ground floor is reserved for social gatherings while the upper floors are reserved for sleeping and panoramic views. In addition to its protective measures, bamboo joists play with natural sunlight to form unique shadows throughout the home during the day.
Inspired by lotus blossoms and magical realism, Liyanage’s Hideout Lotus Bamboo Villa rises above ground on bamboo pillars to form a single story raised house resembling a giant rattan table with a intricate and interwoven bamboo lotus mounted on top. From an exterior perspective, the Hideout Lotus finds a common outdoor space just below its lotus-inspired single-level living space. Four curved bamboo pillars stack on top of each other to create borders around the common area, creating a multi-level walking space that contains the villa’s canopy deck.
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.
Designed by o9 Design Studio, native bamboo and rattan were used to build the Chi-bu complex 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!
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.
Architect Julio Ignacio Paez built a community space for indigenous people in Misiones, Argentina. It is an imposing bamboo structure, accented by a large bamboo roof covering. It has been described as “the door to the jungle” and helps support and empower Guarani communities. The use of bamboo creates a symbolic and aesthetic bond with the community and also allows them to be involved in the building process.
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.
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.
Pakistani architect Yasmeen Lari built 45,000 houses from bamboo, mud and lime. The houses are part of the “world’s largest zero carbon shelter program”. Bamboo houses were built for the victims of natural disasters in Pakistan. They are free from carbon emissions, but at the same time, they are also very economical and affordable. Wisdom and ancient techniques were used in the construction and creation of the houses. Lari says these techniques are much forgotten by today’s big architects and companies.