Penda’s Low-Impact Modular Bamboo Hotel Reconnects Visitors with Nature

by , 07/19/14

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To satisfy the competition’s three principles, Penda used locally sourced and fast-growing bamboo as the primary building material. Inspired by the minimalist teepees of the nomadic Native American tribes, the temporary and elevated bamboo structure eschews screws and nails. Instead, the structure comprises a grid of sturdy X-shaped bamboo joints that supports the addition of both vertical and horizontal bamboo rods, making it easy to create a variety of triangular room sizes that accommodate the needs of guests.

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To create a comfortable and unique experience for the hotel guests, Penda drew inspiration from the spirit of exploration in nature. “One with the Birds” aims to reconnect visitors with the environment by offering elevated views and large airy balconies that sit high within the tree canopy. Since Penda’s proposed construction methods would minimize impact on the site as well as any damage on the bamboo, the materials could also be reused as scaffolding or on another temporary hotel after the original structure is deconstructed. According to Dezeen, Penda says the modular bamboo structures could also be used as temporary disaster-relief shelters.

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Via Dezeen

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  1. rugu July 20, 2014 at 3:34 am

    Respected sir, the designs are really superb and eco friendly.
    Kindly provide me full detail of design cost of prepration of such
    resturant or hotel with 5 flors in an area of 3000 sq ft.
    country India

  2. vertecology July 17, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    This is an amazing design in that it uses the basic stability of the “octet” space-frame as a scaffold. The alternating octahedron/tetrahedron framework is one of the most stable forms in the universe, and one that personally has been an inspiration for much of my own design work in the last 3-5 years.

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