Rethinking Bamboo as a Construction Material

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Tangram Architectes, a French firm, chose bamboo for a school project in Myanmar

Though the material lacks status there, the architect wanted to source products and services locally. The bamboo is used as an offset filter to minimize the effects of direct sunlight on the facade. The project required a great deal of research, testing and computer and real-life 1:1 modeling to evaluate the material's structural characteristics. Proper cutting, storage and treatment of the bamboo was also essential. It proved impossible to produce finished elements in-country, since local workshops were not equipped for large-scale operations. In the end, parts were designed locally, while manufacturing was shifted to China.

Rethinking Bamboo as a Construction Material