Bamboo Villa: Live in the Nature

Longmen, Guangdong, China – C&C DESIGN CO., LTD. Built Area:¬† ¬† ¬†1248.0 m2 Year Built:¬† ¬† ¬†2013 The Bamboo Villa sits hidden within the Nakun Mountains. It is surrounded by a lush forest with a delicate stream nearby. The design focuses on the use of bamboo as the principal material. The architects avoided using concrete […]

House 01 – Award Winning Sustainability

Santa Catarina, Brazil – ES Arquitetura Project Year: 2017 Developed Area: 1,421.49 m2 (15,352.09 ft2) Photographs: SLAphotostudio Nestled between nature and a residential area, the owners wanted this house to offer privacy and climatic comfort while promoting a low environmental impact. The plan includes multiple internal and external courtyards and decks. These allow privacy while […]

Crosswaters Ecolodge

Guangdong Province, S. China – Hitesh Mehta Design Project Year :¬† ¬† 2003 Area¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† :¬† ¬† 2,500 hectares In the heart of China‚Äôs Nankum Mountain Reserve stands Crosswaters, an ecolodge and wellness center. With 53 rooms, this is a stunning retreat meant for peace and quiet. The ecolodge has […]

One with the birds

One with the Birds by Penda Design House

Badaling ¬†China ¬†– ¬†Penda Design House Concept only Badaling is a forested mountain area about 100 kilometres from Beijing. It is one of the main sites for viewing and walking The Great Wall. Entries were invited in a competition to design an eco-hotel in one of China’s most successful, but ecologically sensitive, destinations – The […]

Forest for a Moon Dazzler

Guanacaste, Costa Rica ¬†– ¬†Ben Gracia Saxe Built: ¬† ¬†2010 Bamboo is an extraordinarily versatile material. ¬†It’s strong, flexible, lightweight, totally renewable and, potentially very long lasting even when in ground. ¬†The home shown here uses bamboo in both conventional and very¬†unconventional¬†ways. ¬†It’s a home ideally suited to it’s hot, humid locale – open and […]

Great Wall Bamboo House

Kengo Kuma's Great Wall House

Commune by the Great Wall ¬†Near Biejing ¬†China ¬†– ¬†Kengo Kuma and Associates Year built: ¬† ¬† 2002 Built area: ¬† ¬† 529 m2 ¬†(5,713 sq. ft.) The Bamboo Wall House was completed in 2002 as part of a multi-dwelling project near Beijing. Requirements were to use local materials and conform to the topography. The […]

Bamboo Brilliance – Wind and Water Cafe

¬†Vietnam – Vo Trong Nghia Vietnam has a long tradition of bamboo construction. When local architects, Vo Trong Nghia were briefed to design a bar come meeting place, bamboo seemed a natural candidate. The Water and Wind Caf√© in the southern province of Binh Duong subsequently won¬†Nghia the 2007 International Architecture Award (IAA). ¬†Since then […]

The Green Village

The Green Village

Bali, Indonesia – PT Bambu Built area: 18,700 m2 (201,285 sq. ft) Year built: 2010 Photography: Courtesy of Bambu Indah Collection The infinite joy of bamboo Some time¬†back we showed you the magnificent Green School of Bali. ¬†Using totally sustainable materials and practices, Elora Hardy and her team built, what must surely be, every child’s […]

Gather – smaller but larger

Gather - Katsuhiro Miyamoto and Associates

Osaka-City ¬†Japan ¬†– ¬†¬†Katsuhiro Miyamoto and Associates Site area: ¬† ¬†120.34 m2 ¬†(1,300 sq. ft.) Building envelope: ¬† ¬† 72.08 m2 ¬†(778 sq. ft.) Total built area: ¬† ¬† 135 m2 ¬†(1,458 sq. ft.) Year built: ¬† ¬† 2009 This Osaka home presented some unique challenges. ¬†Firstly, it contravened the allowable site ratio for the […]

The Yoga Pavilion at Four Seasons

The Yoga Pavilion by IBUKU

Sayan, Bali, Indonesia – IBUKU Client: Four Seasons Completed:¬†April 2015 Area: 60.0 m2 If yoga is your ‘thing’, we may have found your Nirvana. You¬†can find this marvelous yoga pavilion called¬†Dharma Shanti Yoga Bale in a beautiful valley in¬†Sayan, Bali, Indonesia. Built using only locally grown bamboo and with a roof resembling a leaf, the […]