Design firm Penda just unveiled "One with the Birds," a design concept for a flexible hotel that can be easily constructed and expanded with zero impact on the landscape. The modular design was created for the "AIM Legend of Tent" competition, which asked designers to develop concepts for flexible and sustainable temporary tent structures. All submissions will be judged on three main criteria: sensitivity to the environment; flexibility and adaptability of form; and the user experience, with emphasis placed on comfort and uniqueness.
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.
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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