A Bamboo Forest Wraps This Beautiful Taiwanese Home

by , 12/23/10

bamboo forest house, bamboo, natural ventilation, taiwan, roewu, green home, green building, sustainable architecture

The family home is located on a tight and long narrow plot bordered on three sides by houses with shared walls — the only free opening is towards the street. In order to bring more daylight and fresh air into the three-story home, ROEWU designed the project as a series of volumes with gaps and voids. Sunlight shines in and bounces off walls and into all of the rooms, while the floorplan includes several double and triple-height void spaces that allow air to move up and out of the house, eliminating the need for air conditioning, which is a major consumer of electricity in Taiwan.

The three-story home contains six bedrooms, with dining, living and kitchen space on the ground floor and open air living spaces on upper floors. In the winter, when the weather is cooler, the family spends their time singing in the karaoke lounge and bathing in the spa on the second floor. In the summer, the family can enjoy the rooftop deck with a variably-patterned sun-shade system surrounded by bamboo that invites cooling breezes.

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  1. Holcim Awards December 27, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    This is beautiful. It will only get better as the bamboo ages and turns from green to brown. Great use of a rapidly renewable resource. This would be a great submission to the Holcim Awards. http://on.fb.me/holcim-awards

  2. meso December 23, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    Sorry, but it looks like a glorified prison! Dead bamboo stick don’t make you any closer to nature than a plastic lawn in a prison court yard!

  3. Juan Diaz December 23, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    Ugly effect outside, sorry…what a bad taste!

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