1. Bamboo – a robust and natural material.

Bamboo is an extremely versatile grass that doesn’t follow the conventions of the past millennia of architecture and construction mostly due to its shape: round, hollow and tapering.

Growing in exposure, primarily in South America and Southeast Asia, bamboo’s compressive and tensile strength is similar to those of concrete and steel, and it not only offers new forms for the spaces we live in and visit but also, unlike concrete or steel, it sequesters carbon as it grows instead of emitting it while it’s made.

These properties make bamboo relevant to all of the “emerging performing” cities, from temporary music festival structures and high-rise construction scaffoldings to green walls, life fences and high-end alternative private schooling.

Roof Bamboo Organic Architecture Bali Rice Field Ubud
Bamboo Architecture Detail Pablo Luna Studio Tea House

Some of the characteristics of bamboo are:

  • Is the fastest-growing plant on the planet, growing almost 1 meter a day!
  • It is one of the most durable building materials, with a tensile strength even greater than steel.
  • It produces no waste. It is totally biodegradable.
  • It requires little energy for its production.
  • Due to its fibrous composition, it allows longitudinal and transversal cuts. This in turn is reflected in buildings with organic and unique shapes.
  • The weight of the bamboo is very light, which allows the creation of light structures, and facilitates the transport of the material.

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