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Sustainable construction was the main motivation behind the design. “Why wouldn’t we want to build with a strong natural fiber that takes five years to grow instead of 20, 40 or 80 years?” the architects said in a statement. Not only does bamboo exhibit sustainable and rapid growth, but its physical properties also make it an excellent building material. The grass has high-tensile strength which rivals that of steel, but is light enough to easily transport. Bamboo is also elastic, making it a very good building material in earthquake-prone areas.

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Each tower of the bamboo skyscraper is designed in 20-meter-high modules, which allows the architects to use a single 30-meter length of bamboo to reach between modules. Cross-bracing the bamboo pieces reinforces the strength of the structure.

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Steel joints strengthen the bamboo tubes. “We decided that stainless steel must be used as the joints’ material between bamboo, because of one very simple reason: 200 m height buildings cannot be tied with ropes!” Recyclable EFTE film, a material that’s self-cleaning and weather-resistant, is clads the building façade.

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