Gallery: Zoka Zola’s Naturally Cooled Bamboo Hostel is a Giant Wind Sco...

The copious use of the traditional building material is intended to help bring bamboo back as a contemporary choice in low rise building. Furniture and finishes will also be made from the versatile grass.

The hostel will be a corporate retreat and training center but the developer also wants to push the limits of green design. The 24 bedrooms are all set on an upper floor which is fed fresh air by an aggressive wind scoop system built into the roof. Designed in conjunction with Arup Engineering , the roof directs the prevailing winds and pushes them into the core of the building, providing each room with cooling breezes. The lower floor will be the community area with a restaurant, conference space and indoor/outdoor area tucked below the sleeping quarters.


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  1. shabeik May 18, 2012 at 10:40 am

    it’s a wellcome development. i believe this will get international approval. meanwhile, can you design two bedroom apartment for me, including the construction?

  2. anothervoice May 24, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    This is a pretty seductive building. Aesthetically interesting and approachable with the trebled value that comes from being beautiful, sustainable and efficient.

    I would not be surprised to see this building receive recognition from the international architectural community. It’s a new benchmark in sustainable design to my eyes.

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