Bamboo architectural designs that prove why this material is the future of modern and sustainable architecture!
In a world where everyone is moving towards sustainability, architects also build their structures with sensitive and nature-friendly materials. One of those sustainable options is bamboo! Bamboo is used to create beautiful and majestic structures, green and respectful of their surrounding environment. It is imperative to build houses, resorts, offices, etc. in harmony with the natural environment that surrounds them. And we have curated a collection of awesome architectural structures constructed from bamboo, which prove that durability, comfort and luxury can be combined together! You don’t have to sacrifice one to get the other. From luxury resorts to greenhouses, there is nothing that bamboo cannot be used to build!
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-friendly resort is located in Kaba-Kaba village in Bali. It was built from materials found directly on site and in the immediate locality which helped the station become completely carbon-zero. Besides bamboo, rammed earth was used for the ground level walls of the station. Rammed earth is a wonderful green alternative to concrete which is responsible for over 8% of construction industry emissions, contributing to 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
Hague is a student at the University of Westminster where she is pursuing her Masters in Architecture. Its design features shellac coated bamboo to emphasize the use of biomimicry in different design disciplines – in its case, it provides 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 looks like paper too!) And also allows the structure to be easily packaged flat for transport / storage. Rows of these bamboo paper greenhouses can be connected to shared houses built from the ground up, which has high thermal mass, providing shelter from extreme temperatures in India.
Located deep in a forest in the seaside town of Tulum in Mexico, the Temple of Luum is not only a tranquil place to meditate and connect with nature, but also as an indication of more sustainable architectural forms. Amid Tulum’s fast-growing uncontrolled architectural development, the Luum is an eco-friendly bamboo structure located in a conserved area in an indigenous jungle, in a conservation-conscious residential development called Luum Zama. The design of the temple is heavily influenced by parametric architecture and features five bamboo catenary arches. Designed by the CO-LAB design office, the temple’s design uses bamboo grown sustainably in the neighboring state of Chiapas. Flat sections of bamboo were bent and cold molded on site, before being shaped into 5 catenary arches.
I’m fully aware of how serious my pun at the moment, but Thilina Liyanage Beach Bar looks absolutely “ fine ”! Designed to resemble an enlarged model of a goldfish, the Beach Bar looks stunning from all angles. The hollow body of the fish serves as a bar + counter area, while the space just under the tail offers plenty of seating. Crafted with an underlying bamboo frame, the Beach Bar comes with a golden fabric inspired by fish scales that gives the bass its fishy look from the outside, while providing partial shade inside during the day. . Once the sun goes down, however, the lights inside help give the fish a distinct diffused warm glow, making the goldfish appear to be shining – an even more mesmerizing sight from above!
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 combination of brick and stone 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, so Eibche presents numerous poles made of bamboo, woven bamboo, coconut wood and teak wood inside and out.
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 easier than using the earth under your own feet? While some people might think these techniques are outdated, many designers and architects are experimenting with them by mixing them with 3D printing technology.
BiodiverCity is one of the most recent projects of Bjarke Ingel, it is a city of three islands connected by autonomous vehicles for land, water and air to make it a habitat without transport emissions off the coast of coasts of Malaysia. Three islands will be built in Penang and will serve as cultural, commercial and residential hubs. The most striking thing about the development is that all transportation on the 4,500 acres will consist of self-contained boats, vehicles, and air travel, making the islands both pedestrian and pedestrian. Construction is one of the biggest sources of carbon emissions, in fact even more than the aviation industry. Thus, to reduce the impact on the environment, most buildings will be prefabricated or 3D printed on site and others will use a combination of bamboo, Malaysian wood and “green concrete” made from recycled materials such as the aggregate.
Vo Trong Nghia architects built a 16-meter-high bamboo dome for the Vedana restaurant which floats on an artificial lake. The restaurant is part of Vedana Resort, located in Cuc Phuong National Park in Ninh Binh Province in Vietnam. With a width of 18 meters, the bamboo dome is an imposing and majestic roof, created from 36 bamboo modules. It appears to consist of three ring-shaped structures with thatched roofs, but in reality it is a single structure. The dome is reminiscent of traditional Vietnamese roofs.
Vo Trong Nghia Architects strike again with their visitor center in Huong An Vien, which is part of Huong An Vien cemetery. The cemetery is located near the city of Hue in central Vietnam. Featuring a curved bamboo roof, the structure is a dynamic and open space surrounded by trees, flowers and greenery. Low eaves shelter the center from direct sunlight, rain and other weather conditions, and at the same time they also manage to keep the space open. The center imitates the soft and traditional architecture of the city of Hue, which is located about 10 kilometers from it.
The Lexus Design Awards have announced their winner for the 2020 edition of their awards program. The winning project, Kenya-based Open Source Communities by BellTower, won over the jury for being innovative, well-structured, extremely detailed, and having widespread impact in providing clean water to low-income communities. At the heart of Open Source communities is its Water Resource Center – a sustainably constructed, community-owned structure that helps provide safe drinking water to all residents. The center is made entirely from locally available materials such as bamboo and recycled plastic composite bricks, and is fully prefabricated, allowing for quick assembly on site. The iconic design of the center comes from its split roof which helps collect water while effectively providing shade and ventilation.