Northern Chinas largest bamboo pavilion covers nearly half an acre

March 17, 2020 by  
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After years of building bamboo houses across rural China, Italian architect Mauricio Cardenas Laverde completed his largest bamboo project yet — the Bamboo Eye pavilion, a 1,600-square-meter structure constructed entirely from 5,000 locally sourced moso bamboo poles. Completed last April for the 2019 International Horticultural Exhibition in Beijing, the new pavilion is the largest of its kind ever built in northern China, according to the International Bamboo and Rattan Organization (INBAR) . The massive pavilion was created to house programmatic activity while showcasing the architectural possibilities of bamboo in modern, low-carbon construction. Created to follow the INBAR Garden’s theme of “Bamboo and Rattan for Green Growth,” the Bamboo Eye Pavilion shows off the tensile strength of bamboo, which is greater than that of mild steel. China, which is home to over 6 million hectares of bamboo, has used bamboo for construction for thousands of years. Modern construction in the country, however, mainly depends on steel and concrete. In an effort to promote the use of bamboo for sustainable development, INBAR teamed up with Laverde to show how bamboo could replace steel and wood and thus reduce pressures on forest resources. Related: Turtle-inspired bamboo shelter contracts to half its size in case of extreme weather “We have to change the way we think about construction,” Laverde said. “If we used natural building materials in cities and changed our mindset, then it would be easy to rebuild every few decades without the huge cost of today.” The organic form of the Bamboo Eye pavilion is achieved with bamboo arches, which span 32 meters in length and 9 meters in height. The arches were bent and formed by fire baking, a process that turns the bamboo to a golden yellow and expands the material’s lifespan to 30 years. Lightweight yet strong, the truss arch structure is also sturdy enough to bear the weight of a green roof , which helps blend the building in with the nearby bamboo forest. The self-ventilating interior houses an auditorium and exhibition area. The Bamboo Pavilion was built for the International Horticultural Exhibition that was held from April to October 2019.  + Mauricio Cardenas Laverde Images via INBAR

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Prefab Birdbox is the perfect retreat for nature-lovers

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With a design that can only be described as a “bird box for humans,” this prefab dwelling from Norwegian studio Livit gets its inhabitants as close to nature as possible while still maintaining comfort and a sleek, minimalist style. With its first models utilized as vacation rentals in the Norwegian wilderness, overlooking the majestic Fauske region fjord and the Langeland snow-capped mountains, Birdbox is small and light enough to be placed in unique places with a minimal footprint. The prefab boxes come in two turn-key versions: Birdbox Mini measuring 6 by 10 feet and Birdbox Medi measuring 16.7 by 8 feet. The Birdbox Mini holds a bed and a small seating area while the Birdbox Medi features a bed, a desk, a larger seating area and more substantial windows. There is also an option to add a separate bathroom pod constructed with tinted one-way glass so that occupants can enjoy the view of the surrounding area in privacy while inside. Related: A pair of minimalist cabins is a serene retreat in a Portuguese forest Both models, however, put the most focus on the windows. The Mini’s circular windows and two smaller oval windows highlight the nature outside, and the Medi adds an additional two windows to give occupants more sweeping views. Birdbox can be lifted and installed with a helicopter for more challenging sites and has no need for maintenance, according to the lead designer, Torstein Aa. The resilient design can withstand extreme weather, and there is the option to add solar panels , which the company can provide as well. “Birdboxes will be located across the country where you get a new experience in every place you visit,” said Asbjørn Reksten Stigedal, CEO of Livit. “We are creating an offer where we can showcase our country from its best side where one can experience Norway through Birdbox.” + Livit Images via Livit

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The Bamboo Playhouse is a gorgeously green gathering space in the Perdana Botanical Gardens

November 17, 2015 by  
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The Bamboo Playhouse is a public pavilion located in Kuala Lumpur’s oldest and arguably, most picturesque park, the Perdana Botanical Gardens . The park is located right in the heart of the capital city and the pavilion itself is situated on a small island in a large lake that stretches through the center of the park. The use of bamboo in contemporary buildings is very rare in Malaysia and this building explores its potential as a sustainable building material. Read the rest of The Bamboo Playhouse is a gorgeously green gathering space in the Perdana Botanical Gardens

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Unearthed art offers a glimpse at NASA’s vision for life after Earth

November 17, 2015 by  
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Chiangmai Life Construction creates homes using rammed earth, bamboo and recycled wood

June 11, 2015 by  
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Chiangmai Life Construction in northern Thailand designs and builds modern, organic architecture using mainly earth and bamboo, but also concrete for foundations, recycled hardwood, and whatever else works. The company’s philosophy is to bring these natural materials into the 21st century, so up-to-date engineering knowledge is applied to nature’s materials and organic designs. CLC strives for a balance of beauty, quality and affordability. Trika Villa is an example of these values, with a roof made of bamboo and walls made of adobe bricks. The floor is partly rammed earth , partly a clay-concrete mix, to create a tropical sanctuary with modern luxury that surrounds inhabitants with nature inside and outside. + Chiangmai Life Construction The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link. Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bamboo , bamboo construction , Chiangmai Life Construction , earth construction , modern building , modern construction , organic building , organic construction , reader submission , reclaimed wood construction , Sustainable Building , Trika Villa , wood construction

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Truck full of sharks crashes while heading to an aquarium

June 11, 2015 by  
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One shark has died after a truck carrying four sandbar sharks from Florida to the New York Aquarium in Brooklyn blew a tire on I-95 in Volusia County. The sharks, which are each about five-foot-long were each being transported in small individual tanks the truck ran into a ditch, which caused one of the tanks to be jostled and damaged, with a shark being “ ejected ” from the vehicle and fatally injured. Read the rest of Truck full of sharks crashes while heading to an aquarium Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: animal welfare , aquarium death , coney island aquarium , marine health , marine life , ny aquarium , sandbar shark , SeaWorld , shark aquarium , shark crash , shark transportation , truck crash shark , wildlife conservation society

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Lanterns Sea Village offers temporary housing for surfers in Spain

March 16, 2015 by  
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Lanterns Sea Village is a proposed temporary housing solution for the many surfers who visit Tarifa’s shores in southern Spain. Hundreds of  bamboo tetrahedra combine to create a strong, solid structure that extends from the beach out to the sea. Since it’s modular, it can easily be expanded as needed, or even disassembled and recycled entirely, leaving no trace. The floors are made of recycled wood and the sunshades are made of recycled surfboards, which have been cut and glued together. Life in the Sea Lanterns Village is organized on two levels: walkways and stairs are placed at both ground level and 4 meters above sea level for access to the upper-level residences, with kitchens and bathrooms accessible to all. To make the residences energetically independent, it’s possible to draw upon the driving force of the sea by installing mini-turbines, or to take advantage of the large surface area of the roof to install a mini-windmill and amorphous photovoltaic/solar panels. Design team: Maurizio Barberio and Micaela Colella + Lanterns Sea Village The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bamboo , bamboo architecture , bamboo construction , Lanterns Sea Village , Maurizio Barberio , Micaela Colella , recycled surfboards , recycled wood , surf housing , surfer housing , surfers , sustainable bamboo , temporary housing , tetrahedra , tetrahedrons

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Sharon Fieldhouse is a naturally-cooled glass pavilion in Virginia

March 16, 2015 by  
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