1329 (10") Office Building. Category 08: Urban Buildings
Jaigopal Govinda Rao: India
Built in India in 2002, and probably the first and largest of its kind, this office building uses 70-80% less steel than a typical building like it and makes wide use of bamboo. The whole building is placed on raised footing to prevent the bamboo floor from coming in contact with the moist soil and high waters of the area. There are other ecologically sensitive features in this building, such as a rainwater catchment pond, and an anaerobic natural wastewater treatment system, which then recycles the treated water back into the garden.
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