Bamboo Construction & Architecture
Bamboo construction is often associated with poor rural housing somewhere in a remote tropical country, but as a building material, bamboo stands out because of its structural and mechanical properties, its strength/weight ratio is one of them. Although bamboo has been referred too as the poor man's timber, it is now becoming increasingly popular.
Many credits have to be given to the collaboration of Colombian and Ecuadorian architects and engineers, who are responsible for most of the early Guadua bamboo constructions. Their effort to simplify and universalize this material as an element in construction has contributed to a better and correct use of bamboo.
Examples of Bamboo Architecture
Because of the global demand for non-polluting, sustainable, and earthquake resistant building materials, the interest in bamboo construction among western innovative architects is growing rapidly. Bamboo not only offers optimal solutions for communities with smaller resources, it is also a popular resource and study subject for professionals and institutions of a high economic level which translated itself in high end residential homes, schools, offices, hotels, etc.
This Guadua bamboo treehouse by Colombian Architect Jaime Peña is the result of a simple bamboo dollhouse inquiry that got way, way out of hand...
Casa Atrevida is a luxurious bamboo vacation home located on Preciosa Beach in Costa Rica. The 240 m2 house is primarily build with Guadua Bamboo and Teak and is earthquake and flood resistant. It was constructed in 2011 and features 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, and can host up to 10 guests.
PANACA is a farming theme park in Costa Rica. Apart from the nearly 2,000 animals living on the farm, it also features some spectacular bamboo architecture.
This beautiful Guadua bamboo house in Costa Rica, is located near Playa Sombrero at the Osa Peninsula. The bamboo house was designed and built by Costa Rican architect Mariela Garcia and her husband Steve Jurries.
This stunning bamboo house was designed and build by Martin Coto and is located in the small town of San Jeronimo, Moravia, Costa Rica. Martin is an expert bamboo designer and builder with over 30 years experience on a national and international level.
Guadua Bamboo and architect Donald Ricci collaborated on building this custom bamboo structure in Managua, Nicaragua in 2010. The bamboo structure is suited for diverse recreational activities as well as cultural and educational programs.
The Timarai Bamboo Beach Resort in Costa Rica (was) a great example of green architecture with Guadua bamboo. The use of 100% eco friendly building materials and the adapting to its natural surroundings (not the other way around) made this bamboo construction project a unique reference point in the region.