Mathematics is beautiful, a truth not lost on architects. Luca Poian Forms designed a gorgeous bamboo pavilion that draws inspiration from the Enneper minimal surface for its striking appearance. Conceived as a landmark structure for Phnom Penh’s Freedom Park, the pavilion combines innovative digital tools with low-tech and sustainable bamboo construction that also references traditional Cambodian design.



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Created as a submission for the Building Trust’s Camboo Bamboo Landmark Design Challenge, Luca Poian Form’s proposal responds to the competition’s call for an innovative and temporary pavilion to help popularize bamboo as a modern and desirable material in Cambodia. The architects designed a structure that uses locally sourced bamboo in ways both familiar and novel to Cambodia. The sculptural pavilion’s split bamboo roofing references traditional weaving while its undulating arches are inspired by the Ennerper surface as well as the radiating arms of the ancient Goddess Prajnaparamita.

Camboo Bamboo Landmark Design Challenge, Camboo in Cambodia, Camboo design by Luca Poian Forms, Enneper minimal surface in architecture, gridshell pavilion sustainable design, bamboo gridshell architecture

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“Known for its characteristic tensile strength, bamboo is a building material that lends itself excellently to the construction of sustainable grid-shell structures,” wrote the architects. “Celebrating the material’s qualities, our proposal derives a grid-shell pattern from the trajectory of the structure’s principal stresses under gravity, effectively eliminating shear forces and maximising the pavilion’s overall stiffness. The result is highly sculptural, structurally coherent, and spatially expressive: a structure that is timeless in its architectural language and innovative in its structural and tectonic approach.” The 110-square-meter pavilion design received an honorable mention in the design competition.

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Camboo Bamboo Landmark Design Challenge, Camboo in Cambodia, Camboo design by Luca Poian Forms, Enneper minimal surface in architecture, gridshell pavilion sustainable design, bamboo gridshell architecture

Camboo Bamboo Landmark Design Challenge, Camboo in Cambodia, Camboo design by Luca Poian Forms, Enneper minimal surface in architecture, gridshell pavilion sustainable design, bamboo gridshell architecture

Camboo Bamboo Landmark Design Challenge, Camboo in Cambodia, Camboo design by Luca Poian Forms, Enneper minimal surface in architecture, gridshell pavilion sustainable design, bamboo gridshell architecture