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Bamboo Center in Thailand

16 January, 2015
Bamboo
Bio-Construction
Eco-Architecture
Sustainable Architecture
Did you know that some species of bamboo take only from 3 to 7 years to grow enough to be used as structure materials?
Thailand

The reason why I started my solo trip in Thailand is Sanpatong farm. Sanpatong farm, placed in Baan Mai Muang Kon in Sanpatong district, holds different projects in order to support the development in the rural villages in Thailand. One of its multiple projects is focused in bamboo as a building material.

Deforestation is known all around; it’s responsible for up to 20 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions (even more than planes and cars together!). One of the reasons of deforestation is the use of wood to create building materials. When using wood as a building material we tend to thing we are being ecological, but where does this wood come from? Some of it comes from centenary trees which means that will take hundreds of years to replace them.

One of the multiple solutions is using bamboo. Did you know that some species of bamboo take only from 3 to 7 years to grow enough to be used as structure materials? And even more! Bamboo is not a tree, it’s a grass, and like grass, the bamboo stalk can be cut leaving the roots intact to grow another lawn.

The natural properties of bamboo allow the use of bamboo structures in earthquakes and hurricane areas due to its ductility and light weight. Bamboo houses have survived earthquakes of 6.7 magnitude.

Sanpatong farm is now teaching people and schools about how to cure and use bamboo. For this purpose they are building the bamboo centre, a building, which shape and materials try to fit and respect as much as possible its surroundings.

The architecture design of the bamboo centre was also planned ecologically considering its situation, climate and needs. Placed right in front of a pond which fresh air naturally comes inside the interior of the building. It’s always shadowed and ventilated with a strategic situation of the apertures in the second floor to allow the future users to enjoy the amazing views. And of course, always protected from the sun and the tropical rain.




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