Sunday, February 6, 2011

School of bamboo

The new school built in Camarines Sur, Philippines is not only sleek and modern but it’s very strong. It is made completely of bamboo.

Designed by Malaysian architect  Eleena Jamil, it is the first of its kind in the country.

The Philippines is a country that knows a lot about how to build structures to be wind resistant. As tropical storms are an apparent fact of life in the region exploration into different building materials is a must.

In Asia bamboo has long been known as a flexible material and is often chosen over wood or steel in buildings where wind is a factor.

The simple design currently includes two classrooms, a set of bathroom, and space for play. It is designed to make good use of daylight as well as shade and cross ventilation.

Even if the building’s structure succumbs to wind damage  the materials to repair is are right in the school’s backyard.

The green plant grows abundantly and rapidly in Asian climates. It plays a notable role in economies and cultures of Asian nations.  

To view more photos of the school look here.