Jerusalem is famed for stone, but a recent appearance of bamboo in the city has been turning heads too. Students at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design built a Bamboo Pavilion that can be easily assembled, disassembled, and moved thanks to a simple construction system of ropes and 3D-printed joints. The experimental structure was designed with the help of computer modeling to simulate dozens of possible reconfigurations.
Located at the entrance courtyard of the academy’s architecture department, the Bamboo Pavilion is the latest project realized in the school’s design/build summer studio. “The Bamboo Pavilion welcome visitors, students, and faculty with an inspiring play of shadows and lights, and invites them to engage with the hanging bamboos while challenges their perception of being ‘inside’ and ‘outside,’” wrote the designers.
The Bamboo Pavilion appears to mimic a floating bamboo forest with individual bamboo stems seemingly suspended in mid-air at varying heights. Each piece of vertically oriented bamboo is tied, via rope, to a horizontal grid plane also built of bamboo. The structure is anchored by four concrete footers and columns held together by black 3D-printed joints. The 40-square-meter project was created in collaboration with The Bamboo Center Israel, The Israeli Green Building Council, Israeli Ministry of Environmental Protection, and The Architecture Department at the University of Nicosia.
Images by Yifat Zailer and Barak Pelman