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 Parking Garage in the Hague is the first of several upcoming projects in The Netherlands. With 7 levels it can provide parking space for around 250 vehicles. The entire facade is covered with Guadua angustifolia poles imported from Colombia.
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.
Bamboo Construction and Architectural Services
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Although bamboo construction here has been generally overlooked except for small, rural bahay kubo, beautiful varieties of bamboo are plentiful, finding anyone who knows how to work with bamboo in anything other than simple furniture and slat structures seems to be very difficult.
In his book, Oscar Hidalgo referred to bamboo as "The Gift of the Gods". Simon Velez titled his book "Grow Your Own House". Both titles invite dreams of affordable bamboo housing. Yet the reality is a disappointment. Why?
I am working with others developing a new kind of town and it would be consonant with the sustainability goals of the project if bamboo could replace some or all of the steel rebars in the concrete construction planned for all the buildings in such towns.
I am facing a situation as I need to look for material to build some house(s) in Belize. My spouse asked a critical question: what is the durability of a bamboo house and how many years can you expect a bamboo home to last?