Gallery: Tongji University’s Bamboo Para Ecohouse Embraces Daoist and W...

On entering the Para Ecohouse, one finds a beautifully created dining / living area equipped with a home entertainment system and comfortable seating. The inner hub has triple-glazed windows that assist with maintaining energy efficiency in regards to heating
 
On entering the Para Ecohouse, one finds a beautifully created dining / living area equipped with a home entertainment system and comfortable seating. The inner hub has triple-glazed windows that assist with maintaining energy efficiency in regards to heating the house, but also allows plenty of natural light in.

Constructed from scratch in just under two weeks, the elegant but strong form of the Para Ecohouse creates an impressive dwelling for a couple to live comfortably in a sustainable manner. The simple architecture of an encased inner hub and a modular bamboo frame can easily be replicated and arranged into different schemes. Here, the design is both viable for mass distribution and remains flexible enough to customize to create a unique structure.

The home pays respect to the Daoist principle of balance, bringing together passive and active forces which are represented throughout the house. Energy creation and efficiency measures becomes a source of pride for the Tongji team. However, the self-sufficiency ethos of the design is intended to reference autonomy, and residents are thus placed in line with western philosophy emphasizing the individual. (Who knew one prefab house could be so deep!)

By glance, the resulting structure is both sturdy and beautiful, and it finds a perfect harmony between the man-made and nature.

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