By Gernot Minke
Publish yr note: First released Janurary 1st 2011
Traditionally a construction fabric of sizzling weather zones in Asia and Latin the USA, bamboo is more and more stumbled on via architects of the Northern hemisphere besides. it truly is light-weight, hugely elastic and ductile, and likewise bargains features in particular famous in an period of restricted assets, renewability and considerable availability.
Architects and engineers have considerably widened the functions of bamboo in recent times and at the present time even wide-span bridges may be outfitted from it. inspired with its technical and aesthetic probabilities, ecu, eastern and North American architects have followed bamboo for quite a few building initiatives, starting from specific inner most apartments to experimental pavilions, and from ethereal canopies to colleges or museums.
The e-book offers an in depth guide for bamboo buildings and offers a extensive number of outfitted examples, between them the superb 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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30). 31. 32. 34); this development is by Adán Piza. There are many solutions that use elements commonly available in the market. 36. 37). 38 and Chapter 10, “Domes”. 41). 43. 47 and p. 134f. 48. 52. 53. 55, where the fish mouth union is strengthened by means of a spiral rod that at its end hooks onto another perpendicular rod. Instead of bending the rod to make a hook, a washer can be soldered onto its end. 56 shows a three-dimensionally optimised solution designed by Marcelo Villegas, where the tensile elements are iron rods.
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. This delimits a space, controlling the vision while allowing air to pass. 60). 58). 59). 61 shows a solution developed by the author with stacked canes. One third of the section of each cane was cut out to prevent rain from reaching the inside. 63 A vault is a structure formed in a single curve (such as the addition of arches), which transfers compressive forces.
20). 25). A more adequate and sustainable solution is the use of hard wooden or palm pins. 23 shows a connection made with a “chonta”, a pin made from a very hard palm tree, resistant to termites, the sun’s rays, moisture and microorganisms. 24 displays the use of inclined pins as connectors between parallel canes to make a stronger beam. 27 shows a solution by Jörg Stamm, built for the end of a double truss. 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.
Building with Bamboo: Design and Technology of a Sustainable Architecture by Gernot Minke