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12 Bamboo Competition Building Category Winners
Contestants registered from 64 countries and submitted 250 designs in 12 building categories. An international panel of 16 jurors selected the top 50 finalists. Each building category was judged separately by at least 5 jurors, and 3 to 5 finalists came from each category.
Criteria for judging were Utility (functionality), Strength (structural integrity), Beauty (aesthetic appeal), Concept and Design Development, Graphic Layout and Use and Expression of Bamboo.
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1268-01 01 Family Houses
1268 Caretaker's House. SPG Architects: USA. This small home was built as a caretaker’s house in the jungles of Costa Rica. The lower floor, built of concrete and stucco, grounds the house and protects from the moisture of the rainforest floor, but it is the open and airy bamboo upper floor that gives the house its natural Central American feeling.
1367-02 02 Custom Houses
1367 Single Family Residence. Gabriel Gallaher & Andrew Van Leeuwen: USA. This 3000 sq. ft. custom home is designed for the Midwest heartlands, with a view of rolling hills and changing seasonal color. Bamboo is used in an array of applications, ranging from curvilinear ceiling structures to undulating screens.
1454-03 03 Affordable Housing
1454 Urban Nature. Cornelius Lensing & Jana Hildebrandt & Aleksandr Burdzenidze: Germany. This structure is a simple, easy to erect living space meant for tropical and subtropical climates. The sheltered area is raised to protect from floodwater, animals, and moisture from the ground. Bamboo is used for the structural poles.
1295-04 04 Hybrid Houses and Buildings
1295 Bamboo Strawbale House. Susanne Koerner & Tilman Schaeberle: Germany. The first permanent structure in Germany with a bamboo structure and strawbale walls. Bamboo provides load-bearing and structure, while strawbale covered in clay, provides thermal insulation. The green roof provides a place for plants and small animals.
1513-05 05 Tree Houses and Pole Houses
1513 Cocoon Housing. Joerg Hanson: China. These Cocoon Houses are designed as lodges for an environmental center on Bali. They are vibrantly organic in form and make extensive use of bamboo throughout their structure. Like growing forest forms, the curviness of the cocoons makes them almost blend into the forest they are built in.
1143-06 06 Resort Houses
1143 Asian Water Villa. I Made Gde Dharmendra: Indonesia. This structure is proposed for the Over Water Villa in Malaysia. The design uses organic curves to keep things easy on the eyes and easy on the mind. Bamboo is the primary material, structurally and decoratively, and Balinese style grass is used for the roofing.
1453-07 07 Temporary, Portable, Emergency Relief
1453 Diogenes. Stefan Schuler & Ozgur Sarica & Andre Wilhelm: Germany. This temporary shelter design is easy to assemble and requires nothing more than hemp twine to tie the bamboo poles together. It can be flown into disaster areas and takes up very little space when disassembled. A flexible bamboo mat serves as wall cover.
1329-08 08 Urban Buildings
1329 Office Building. Jaigopal Govinda Rao: India. Built in India in 2002, this office building uses 70-80% less steel than a typical building like it and makes wide use of bamboo. There are ecologically sensitive features in this building, such as a rainwater catchment pond, and an anaerobic natural wastewater treatment system.
1158-09 09 Commercial, Public Buildings, Infrastructure
1158 School in Bangladesh. Anna Heringer & Eike Roswag: Germany. This school was hand built in Bangladesh with the community support of craftsmen, pupils and teachers guided by a European architects and students. The aim was to improve building techniques, while maintaining sustainability, strengthening regional identity.
1358-10 10 Pavilions, Conference Centers, Roof Structures
1358 Wind and Water Cafe. Vo Trong Nghia & Nguyen Hoa Hiep: Vietnam. This Café is located in Binh Duong, Vietnam and is built to receive as much cooling as possible from the area’s prevailing winds. Bamboo is used structurally and decoratively throughout, with wood from the water coconut used as roofing.
1364-11 11 Park and Garden Structures
1364 Flexible Design. Rafael Penteado Paolini: Brazil. Based on the idea of two bamboo culms curving towards each other, this space is created out of bamboo poles attached to concrete foundations with steel connectors. This design allows for the creation of different sized spaces, which can drastically change the usage of the space.
1216-12 12 Structural Art Installation
1216 Starry Bamboo Mandala. Gerard Minikawa: USA. Part Sacred Space, Part Jungle Gym, Part Aerial Rig. Built with guadua angustofolia, this giant mandala was 11 meters tall. Built for the Burning Man Festival, 40,000 particpants in Black Rock Desert, Gerlach Nevada USA, Aug. 29-Sep. 5, 2006. The installation was taken down after the event.
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