Glowing bamboo pavilion promotes ecological design in Hong Kong

November 22, 2016 by  
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The approximately 350-square-meter ZCB Bamboo Pavilion was built using Cantonese bamboo scaffolding techniques and made from 475 large bamboo poles bent onsite and hand-tied together with metal wire. The pavilion sits adjacent to the Zero Carbon Building (ZBC), a three-story plus-energy office building constructed in 2012 and topped with solar panels. In contrast to the ZBC’s square edges, the bamboo pavilion is curvaceous with a large diagrid shell structure that folds down into three hollow columns atop concrete footings. The geometrically complex structure is lightweight and made with digital form-finding and real-time physics simulation tools that mitigate inconsistencies in the bamboo. A tailor-made white tensile fabric is stretched over the structure and its transparent quality creates a glowing effect when the pavilion is lit from the inside. The pavilion has a seating capacity of 200 people. Related: Studio Mumbai unveils handmade pavilion crafted from seven kilometers of bamboo “Bamboo is a widely available, environmentally friendly material that grows abundantly and at remarkably high speeds in the Asia-Pacific region, Africa and the Americas,” says a statement on the Chinese University of Hong Kong School of Architecture website. “It is an excellent renewable natural resource which captures CO? and converts it into oxygen. It is strong, light and easy to process and transport. In Hong Kong, bamboo mostly appears in temporary theatres, scaffolding, or structures for religious festivals. Globally, it is usually applied as a surrogate for wood or steel, rather than in ways that utilise the material’s unique bending properties and strength. In contrast, the ZCB Bamboo Pavilion presents an alternative architectural application that maximises these latent material properties.” + Chinese University of Hong Kong’s School of Architecture + World Architecture Festival Images via Chinese University of Hong Kong’s School of Architecture

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CRG Architects’ unique bamboo skyscraper spirals up into the clouds

September 4, 2015 by  
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World Architecture Festival 2013 Shortlist Announced

July 12, 2013 by  
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The World Architecture Festival is the world’s most hotly-anticipated architecture awards event, so we’re excited to learn that some of our favorite projects are featured in this year’s recently announced shortlist . The shortlist features more than 300 projects from 50 countries in categories ranging from housing to culture, sport, and schools, just to name a few. Some of the most recognizable architects that have been shortlisted for the 2013 World Architecture Festival include bamboo architecture master Vo Trong Nghia , Tadao Ando , and  Zaha Hadid . Click through our gallery to see a small selection of the shortlisted projects! Read the rest of World Architecture Festival 2013 Shortlist Announced Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2013 World Architecture Festival , architecture awards , design awards , Singapore , Tadao Ando , WAF , WAF 2013 , WAF shortlist , world architecture festival , World Architecture Festival shortlist , zaha hadid        

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Stunning Modern Home Unfolds from Salvaged Beams

August 6, 2010 by  
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This striking 23.2 House by Architect Omar Arbel creates a wonderful narrative that starts with a pile of huge salvaged Douglas fir beams.

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