Bamboo- From Flooring to Bridges
Bamboo has a strength comparable to that of steel and is a renewable building resource. However, bamboo isn’t used as much as it should be to construct sturdy buildings. When it is used, though, the resulting structures are not only strong but are also beautiful and creative. Here are a few worth mentioning.
The Millennium Bridge can be found in Asia. It is 75 feet long and took workers eight months to construct. It was completed in 2011 and became the largest bamboo bridge in Asia overnight. The bridge has a bamboo roof covering it and takes up a floor space of 230 square feet. This unique bridge can be rented out for events such as weddings and can hold up to 30 people.
Sharma Springs is a privately-owned home in Bali. It is made entirely out of bamboo and was designed to make onlookers think of lotus flowers upon viewing it. It has 4 bedrooms and 6 floors, and is known to be the tallest bamboo building in Bali. Each room has a different theme and there is even a large swimming pool inside the house.
The Flower Tower in Paris was built in 2004 by Edouard Francois and is a 10-story residential building that is comprised of pots of bamboo plants. The pots of bamboo plants are used to support the flooring of the building and cannot be removed. There are 380 pots of bamboo in total, and the plants are watered and kept alive by rain water.
Wind & Water Bar
The Wind and Water Bar in Vietnam is made completely out of bamboo. The tubes of bamboo are tied together and then bent into smooth arch shapes to create the support for the thatched structure. The bar itself sits in the center of a lake and is used as a cool location for concerts and other events.
West Kowloon Bamboo Theatre
This bamboo theatre is made in the same style that buildings from the 1950’s were. In 2013 it hosted a variety of Cantonese operas as part of the New Year’s celebration. The building is made of sturdy bamboo lengths and was covered with nylon sheets to imitate the ancient palaces of Beijing.