8 Mexican Projects That Use Bamboo

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Pórtico Palmeto Building / TACO taller de arquitectura contextual. Image © Leo Espinosa Pórtico Palmeto Building / TACO taller de arquitectura contextual. Image © Leo Espinosa Mexico is a country known globally for its traditional and contemporary architectural elements. The construction techniques characteristic of each region and the use of materials according to thermic, economic, or aesthetic needs result in unique spaces. Bamboo as a constructive or decorative element, coating, facade, or roof has proven its superiority over materials such as plastic and steel. While it is true that research on this material has advanced significantly in recent years, we know that there is still much to learn. Many architects are seeking knowledge from the past to apply to their current techniques. Below, we've selected a list of 8 Mexican projects that explore the use of bamboo in the hands of architects and artisans.

Rural House in Puebla / Comunal Taller de Arquitectura

Rural House in Puebla / Comunal Taller de Arquitectura. Image © Onnis Luque Rural House in Puebla / Comunal Taller de Arquitectura. Image © Onnis Luque

Cafetería Rural Comunitaria Tosepan Kajfen / Proyecto cafeína + Komoni. Image © Patrick López
Grow Your House / Lucila Aguilar Arquitectos. Image © Lucila Aguilar
La Ceiba / Lucila Aguilar Arquitectos. Image © Lucila Aguilar
Pórtico Palmeto Building / TACO taller de arquitectura contextual. Image © Leo Espinosa
Sport City Oaxaca / Rootstudio + Arquitectos Artesanos. Image © Angel Ivan Valdivia Salazar
In 4 Days, 100 Volunteers Used Mud and Reeds To Build This Community Center in Mexico. Image © Pedro Bravo, Sofía Hernández, Francisco Martínez
INFOSISMO Centro Comunitario San Juan Pilcaya / Alumnos y Profesores del Taller de Proyectos VI Otoño 2017 de la Universidad Ibero Puebla. Image © Luis Moctezuma
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Treasuring History: Photographs of Tadao Ando’s First European Villa Restoration

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Courtesy of FABRICA Courtesy of FABRICA Inducing a surreal physical experience through minimal maneuvers, buildings with smooth concrete panels and simple geometric volumes instinctively hint at the work of Japanese architect Tadao Ando. At an ongoing exhibition at the Centre Pompidou, photographs of the headquarters of Fabrica, Ando's first European commission in 1992, are showcased. Located near the city of Treviso, the building was an old villa restored to become a thriving creative research center. Villa Pastega Manera, built on an area of 51,000 square meters, went through a rigorous study of traditional construction techniques and material sampling to commence the redesign. The photographs feature the harmonious integration between the historical structure and seamless renovations. 
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Surrounding an elliptical porticoed square, the various programs such as the laboratories, offices, and the helicoidal library can be accessed by a broad staircase. Originally porticoed extensions of the Veneto villa, the

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MaisonP / PietriArchitectes

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  • Architects: PietriArchitectes
  • Location: Le Puy-Sainte-Réparade, France
  • Lead Architects: PietriArchitectes
  • Area: 296.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2017
  • Photographs: Philippe Biolatto
  • Inspection Engineers: APAVE SUD EUROPE
  • Structural Engineering Consultants: OGC
  • Client: Praximmo
© Philippe Biolatto © Philippe Biolatto

Text description provided by the architects. Located in a village, MaisonP nestles in a cosy space boasting dense vegetation on a hillside parcel offering a panoramic view over the Alps.

© Philippe Biolatto © Philippe Biolatto

The simple volumes of the house were designed to marry with the orientation of the land. Changes to the natural slope of the hill are thus kept to a minimum and its wild character preserved.

© Philippe Biolatto © Philippe Biolatto

The project is composed of two distinct parts: the main house and a drystone outbuilding. The house, with a floor area of 296 sqm, is built on one and the same level but divided into several units. The ground floor comprises three separate

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Bayes Centre / Bennetts Associates

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  • Architects: Bennetts Associates
  • Location: 47 Potterrow, Edinburgh EH8 9BT, United Kingdom
  • Lead Architects: Rab Bennetts, Sally Mackay, Andy Kirk, Alasdair Gordon, Tom Rainey, Joanne Dunwell
  • Area: 9500.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2018
  • Photographs: Keith Hunter
  • Structural Engineer: Buro Happold
  • M&E Consultant: Buro Happold
  • Quantity Surveyor: Turner and Townsend
  • Fire Consultant: Atelier Ten
  • Breeam Advisor: RSP
  • Landscape Consultant: Ironside Farrar
  • Acoustic Consultant: New Acoustics
  • Project Manager: Faithful+Gould
  • Cdm Coordinator: Faithful+Gould
  • Main Contractor: McLaughlin & Harvey
  • Client: University of Edinburgh
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Text description provided by the architects. The Bayes Centre is a pivotal piece of the University of Edinburgh’s estate set to transform Edinburgh city center into one of UK’s most dynamic places for tech, attracting the highest caliber of international experts in data science and artificial intelligence. The 9,500sq m building is part of the University’s investment into world-class facilities on its Potterrow campus, following the

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West Kowloon HSR Station Photographed Through the Lens of Kris Provoost

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Architect and photographer Kris Provoost recently captured new photos of Aedas and Andrew Bromberg’s West Kowloon HSR Station in Hong Kong. Provoost lives and works in Shanghai, and his new series of photographs show how visitors are brought into the heart of Hong Kong as the majestic structure overlooks Victoria Harbor. Integrating abundant green space and different viewing platforms, the project creates an urban park in the midst of Hong Kong's city center.

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West Kowloon Station - Hong Kong. Image © Kris Provoost West Kowloon Station - Hong Kong. Image © Kris Provoost

Located in West Kowloon District, the station caters for the first high speed rail connecting Hong Kong with the mainland of China. Sitting adjacent to West Kowloon Cultural District, the HSR is surrounded by interesting neighbors. The nearly complete Xiqu Theatre by Revery Architecture, the

West Kowloon Station - Hong Kong. Image © Kris Provoost
West Kowloon Station - Hong Kong. Image © Kris Provoost
West Kowloon Station - Hong Kong. Image © Kris Provoost
West Kowloon Station - Hong Kong. Image © Kris Provoost
West Kowloon Station - Hong Kong. Image © Kris Provoost
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Kamyaran House / Rashed Azizi, Mohammad Kazerani + Gozar Architectural Design Studio

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  • Structural Engineer: Behrouz Moradi
  • Presentation: Alireza Zamani
  • Cheekh Maker: Nasrin Akhzari Workshop
  • Client: Hoshmat Ghaysvandi
  • Budget: 50.000 $
© Aram Alkanaan © Aram Alkanaan

Text description provided by the architects. The fundamental challenge of the peoples of small towns with agricultural careers is the dichotomy between urban and rural life.
The Majority of these people have some kind of service job in the city and practice their ancestors’ occupations at the same time. They tend to use the possibilities the progress associated with urban life, and at the same time, dream for the nostalgia of living in the countryside. In the "Kamyaran House" project, the bipolarity of life [and, in fact, the wishes of the employer] has been the foundation

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Nanchang Shimao Water City Cloud Office Center / Dplus-Studio

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Cover. Image © Fangfang Tia Cover. Image © Fangfang Tia
  • Architects: Dplus-Studio
  • Location: Honggutan District, Nanchang, Jiangxi, China
  • Lead Architects: Shou Li
  • Design Team: Jia Li, Jiangfan Yu, Xuefeng Zhou, Mingming Fan, Dandan Tu, Danyang Geng, Zhichao Zhu
  • Area: 2100.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2017
  • Photographs: Fangfang Tia, Shengliang Su, Jinhang Li
  • Client: Nanchang Shimao new development real estate Co. Ltd.
  • Cooperative Design Team: Shanghai United Design Group Co. Ltd. 
  • Interior Designer: Xiaohong Qi
  • Curtain Wall Design: Australia BG&E Curtain Technology Co. Ltd., Shanghai
Night View Bird View. Image © Shengliang Su Night View Bird View. Image © Shengliang Su

[Context of the City]
Honggutan New District is a newborn city area of Nanchang on the west bank of the Ganjiang River. Like all the other China's burgeoning urban new districts, it is focused on building efficiency among a one-time, large-scale construction wave.

Night View Aerial Photography. Image © Fangfang Tia Night View Aerial Photography. Image © Fangfang Tia

The cloud center is located in

North Elevation. Image © Fangfang Tia
North Ramp. Image © Fangfang Tia
North Ramp Entrance. Image © Shengliang Su
Site Relationship
Macro Circulation
East-North Perspective. Image © Fangfang Tia
North Elevation. Image © Shengliang Su
Circulation Analysis
2F Ramp. Image © Shengliang Su
2F Ramp. Image
Connection between 2F Platform and Roof Ramp. Image © Shengliang Su
2F Platform. Image © Fangfang Tia
North Roof and Exterior Ramp. Image © Fangfang Tia
View to the Exhibition Area From the library. Image © Shengliang Su
Perspective Section
Steps Library. Image © Fangfang Tia
North Plaza. Image © Shengliang Su
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Nanchang Shimao Water City Cloud Office Center / Dplus-Studio

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Cover. Image © Fangfang Tia Cover. Image © Fangfang Tia
  • Architects: Dplus-Studio
  • Location: Honggutan District, Nanchang, Jiangxi, China
  • Lead Architects: Shou Li
  • Design Team: Jia Li, Jiangfan Yu, Xuefeng Zhou, Mingming Fan, Dandan Tu, Danyang Geng, Zhichao Zhu
  • Area: 2100.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2017
  • Photographs: Fangfang Tia, Shengliang Su, Jinhang Li
  • Client: Nanchang Shimao new development real estate Co. Ltd.
  • Cooperative Design Team: Shanghai United Design Group Co. Ltd. 
  • Interior Designer: Xiaohong Qi
  • Curtain Wall Design: Australia BG&E Curtain Technology Co. Ltd., Shanghai
Night View Bird View. Image © Shengliang Su Night View Bird View. Image © Shengliang Su

[Context of the City]
Honggutan New District is a newborn city area of Nanchang on the west bank of the Ganjiang River. Like all the other China's burgeoning urban new districts, it is focused on building efficiency among a one-time, large-scale construction wave.

Night View Aerial Photography. Image © Fangfang Tia Night View Aerial Photography. Image © Fangfang Tia

The cloud center is located in

North Elevation. Image © Fangfang Tia
North Ramp. Image © Fangfang Tia
North Ramp Entrance. Image © Shengliang Su
Site Relationship
Macro Circulation
East-North Perspective. Image © Fangfang Tia
North Elevation. Image © Shengliang Su
Circulation Analysis
2F Ramp. Image © Shengliang Su
2F Ramp. Image
Connection between 2F Platform and Roof Ramp. Image © Shengliang Su
2F Platform. Image © Fangfang Tia
North Roof and Exterior Ramp. Image © Fangfang Tia
View to the Exhibition Area From the library. Image © Shengliang Su
Perspective Section
Steps Library. Image © Fangfang Tia
North Plaza. Image © Shengliang Su
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Nanchang Shimao Water City Cloud Office Center / Dplus-Studio

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Cover. Image © Fangfang Tia Cover. Image © Fangfang Tia
  • Architects: Dplus-Studio
  • Location: Honggutan District, Nanchang, Jiangxi, China
  • Lead Architects: Shou Li
  • Design Team: Jia Li, Jiangfan Yu, Xuefeng Zhou, Mingming Fan, Dandan Tu, Danyang Geng, Zhichao Zhu
  • Area: 2100.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2017
  • Photographs: Fangfang Tia, Shengliang Su, Jinhang Li
  • Client: Nanchang Shimao new development real estate Co. Ltd.
  • Cooperative Design Team: Shanghai United Design Group Co. Ltd. 
  • Interior Designer: Xiaohong Qi
  • Curtain Wall Design: Australia BG&E Curtain Technology Co. Ltd., Shanghai
Night View Bird View. Image © Shengliang Su Night View Bird View. Image © Shengliang Su

[Context of the City]
Honggutan New District is a newborn city area of Nanchang on the west bank of the Ganjiang River. Like all the other China's burgeoning urban new districts, it is focused on building efficiency among a one-time, large-scale construction wave.

Night View Aerial Photography. Image © Fangfang Tia Night View Aerial Photography. Image © Fangfang Tia

The cloud center is located in

North Elevation. Image © Fangfang Tia
North Ramp. Image © Fangfang Tia
North Ramp Entrance. Image © Shengliang Su
Site Relationship
Macro Circulation
East-North Perspective. Image © Fangfang Tia
North Elevation. Image © Shengliang Su
Circulation Analysis
2F Ramp. Image © Shengliang Su
2F Ramp. Image
Connection between 2F Platform and Roof Ramp. Image © Shengliang Su
2F Platform. Image © Fangfang Tia
North Roof and Exterior Ramp. Image © Fangfang Tia
View to the Exhibition Area From the library. Image © Shengliang Su
Perspective Section
Steps Library. Image © Fangfang Tia
North Plaza. Image © Shengliang Su
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MVRDV’s first US project is an explosion of color and function for the city

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/43/43d7f7361f6882ef46139424d5195968.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />Underutilized space is an unfortunate yet reoccurring issue that takes place in densely populated cities, <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/112647/manhattan" rel="nofollow" >Manhattan</a> being no exception. When Youngwoo &amp; Associates decided to take on a large underutilized space at the intersection of Amsterdam Ave and Washington Bridge, the team at <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/286/mvrdv" rel="nofollow" >MDRDV</a> took to the challenge and created the plans for Radio Tower &amp; Hotel.&nbsp;
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Built on one of the major linking areas between Manhattan and New Jersey, the multi-leveled, multi-purpose building is set to tackle a main design challenge: navigating a way to create a large volumed structure while still keeping its relevance and contextual nature. Standing at 22 stories tall, this "vertical village" takes the typical composition of a small block to be taken apart and reassembled into a stack. The asymmetrical arrangement of these stacked volumes are designed to appear like separate buildings. Each stacked volume, measuring roughly Continue reading "MVRDV’s first US project is an explosion of color and function for the city"

MVRDV’s first US project is an explosion of color and function for the city

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/43/43d7f7361f6882ef46139424d5195968.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />Underutilized space is an unfortunate yet reoccurring issue that takes place in densely populated cities, <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/112647/manhattan" rel="nofollow" >Manhattan</a> being no exception. When Youngwoo &amp; Associates decided to take on a large underutilized space at the intersection of Amsterdam Ave and Washington Bridge, the team at <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/286/mvrdv" rel="nofollow" >MDRDV</a> took to the challenge and created the plans for Radio Tower &amp; Hotel.&nbsp;
Street view Image © MVRDV
Built on one of the major linking areas between Manhattan and New Jersey, the multi-leveled, multi-purpose building is set to tackle a main design challenge: navigating a way to create a large volumed structure while still keeping its relevance and contextual nature. Standing at 22 stories tall, this "vertical village" takes the typical composition of a small block to be taken apart and reassembled into a stack. The asymmetrical arrangement of these stacked volumes are designed to appear like separate buildings. Each stacked volume, measuring roughly Continue reading "MVRDV’s first US project is an explosion of color and function for the city"

IIM-B New Classroom Complex / Mindspace Architects

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  • Architects: Mindspace Architects
  • Location: Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
  • Lead Architects: Ar. Sanjay Mohe, Ar. Chelliah Sudalaimuthu, Er.Uday Kumar
  • Structural Consultants: M/S Krishna Hegde ,Maya
  • Electrical Cunsultants: M/S Akash Enterprises
  • Plumbing Consultants: M/S Maplehydraulics Consultants
  • Civil Contractor: URC
  • Client: Indian Institute Of Management, Bangalore
  • Area: 6500.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: PHX India
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Text description provided by the architects. IIM-B New Classroom Complex

The classroom block is proposed above an existing building along the main movement axis of the campus. The primary design intent of the classroom block was to strike a chord with the existing campus. The existing columns were strengthened and some new columns were added along the periphery of the proposed building without obstructing the existing building.

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The program for the new classroom block was 8 classrooms, discussion rooms and its ancillaries. A wide

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How do you solve a problem like Malibu? A call for revisiting Mike Davis’ ‘Ecology of Fear’

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/b4/b46aa87df558064bc9813fc73cc5ae6c.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />The Woosley Fire, as of Wednesday morning, had burned through 97,620 acres of LA County's famed <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/15913/malibu" rel="nofollow" >Malibu Canyon</a> and neighboring communities nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains. Long home to an unruly mix of surfers, hippies, and celebrities, the fires have devastated numerous firebelt suburb populations along the coast, aided by the&nbsp;dreaded Santa Ana winds.&nbsp;
In total, officials have tallied more than 400 homes and other structures destroyed, leaving many homeowners to wonder whether or not to rebuild. But, LA Times op-ed columnist Gustavo Arellano asks us to ponder what would happen if we don't. Over the last century, communities along Southern California's rugged coastline have seen an average of two major fires every decade since 1929. As predicted in Mike Davis' 1998 essay "The Case for Letting Malibu Burn,” little has been able to stop Mother Nature's wrath, which has only been made more frequent and more damaging Continue reading "How do you solve a problem like Malibu? A call for revisiting Mike Davis’ ‘Ecology of Fear’"

See Chip And Joanna’s Hearth & Hand Holiday Decor

We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page.  Chip and Joanna Gaines’ new Hearth & Hand holiday collection is out now. It’s modern, crisp and perfect. Black and white are their Christmas colors of choice. Their collection includes plenty of wonderful holiday decor as well as gifts for kids of all ages. Here’s the best of the collection, including two fab farmhouse-style doll houses.

Joanna’s favorite Hearth & Hand holiday picks

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A selection of Joanna’s personal favorites include a blue and red tartan throw pillow with tassels as well as a wall-hung advent calendar. All images: Target

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Holiday tabletop collection

hearth and hand holiday

Freshen up this year’s Christmas table with a black and white table theme.

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Mantel decorating pieces

hearth & hand holiday

Black and white with green and grey are this year’s Hearth & Hand holiday theme.

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