Building with Bamboo: Design and Technology of a Sustainable by Gernot Minke

By Gernot Minke

Publish yr note: First released Janurary 1st 2011

Traditionally a development fabric of sizzling weather zones in Asia and Latin the US, bamboo is more and more came across by means of architects of the Northern hemisphere to boot. it truly is light-weight, hugely elastic and ductile, and also bargains features in particular well known in an period of restricted assets, renewability and ample availability.

Architects and engineers have considerably widened the purposes of bamboo lately and this present day even wide-span bridges may be outfitted from it. inspired with its technical and aesthetic probabilities, ecu, jap and North American architects have followed bamboo for various building projects, starting from particular inner most flats to experimental pavilions, and from ethereal canopies to high schools or museums.

The booklet presents a close guide for bamboo buildings and offers a extensive collection of equipped examples, between them the mind-blowing bamboo pavilions of the 2010 Shanghai international Exposition, a parking storage in Leipzig, Germany, the Nomadic Museum in Mexico City and Richard Rogers Terminal four at Madrid Airport.

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The centre is supported by a hanging column that receives simultaneous support by three levels of diagonals from all directions. 54 Walls Light walls with a cane skeleton can be constructed with a covering of bamboo planks. These are used in warm humid climates, permitting cross-ventilation. 52 shows the prefabrication of plank panels, which normally are plastered. 54. 53. 55 shows an interior wall with a double curve, designed by Mónica Guerrero, formed by a network of bamboo canes of Phyllostachys aurea anchored with pins of guadua.

The ends of the canes rest in a recycled bucket filled with sand, which guarantees that if one of the canes transfers more load than another, it will penetrate further into the sand until all transfer the same force. 10. 11, which is a column in the form of a fish belly, composed of curved and interconnected canes. 12 shows the articulated joint developed by KOOLBamboo, USA, already mentioned in Chapter 9. To carry great loads, one can use a group of columns inclined in the manner of a hyperboloid in rotation.

This solution guarantees an optimum transfer of forces through wooden pins. If the forces transferred are great, it is advisable to fill the internodes that receive the forces with a mortar of cement and sand, or epoxy resin and sand. 28. When an internode is filled with concrete mortar, keep in mind that the concrete contracts during curing, leaving a space between the concrete and the cane; for this reason it is not recommended to use a mix of cement and sand in 1:2 proportion, as is mentioned in some literature.

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