Of all traditional materials used for constructing homes, bamboo seems the greenest and there are facts to support this. Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on our planet, making it nothing less than a renewable material. Apart from being green, bamboo is sturdy and buildings made from this material are both green and strong. The material has been used for construction purposes for ages and even today, there is no dearth of architects who believe that its use can never be a thing of the past. Check out 10 of the coolest huts that have been made using this green material after the break.
1. Bamboo house
This bamboo house is a finely constructed dwelling with its walls and ceiling made up of bamboo designed in an intricate fashion. Along with layers of bamboo, burlap has been used over a steel framework to bring together an amalgamation of spaciousness, elegance, and style. This house has been well proportioned to include a kitchen and living area, linked together by an inner courtyard. A large indoor space allows consistent natural ventilation, and two tin roofs offer a cool respite in summers.
2. Family Bamboo Hut:
Looking to spend a perfect family vacation in an eco-friendly style? The family bamboo hut provides modern facilities, like air conditioning, hot shower and provision of private balconies, with a chance for you to stay close to nature. The experience of spending a cosy stay with your family in one of these family bamboo huts is both pleasant and unforgettable. Family bamboo huts include two double beds and two bathrooms.
3. Butterfly Bamboo Homes for Thai Orphans:
Butterfly Bamboo Homes, a student humanitarian project on the Thai Burmese border, highlight immeasurable creativity to bring this vernacular-inspired architecture to life. With a view to keep Karen refugee children happy and healthy, the overall design of these huts, dubbed Soe Ker Tie, was given a âButterflyâ appearance. Its roof also acts as a storehouse for rainwater, which can be used in drier months. Foundation cast in re-purposed tires were used to raise the level of these houses above ground level to keep away from issues caused by moisture and decay.
4. Contemporary style bamboo hut:
As the name suggests, these huts, portraying contemporary cottages, can be described to provide the best in innovation and design along with eco-friendliness. These huts are constructed from raw bamboo, woven bamboo sheets, rope and iron rods. These shelters could last for three years, although there are concerns on their stability during seasons of strong winds and monsoons. These huts accommodate two rooms along with a kitchen.
5. Folded bamboo houses:
Known for their simple structure that, in some ways, seems to be carved in amazing geometrical designs, folded bamboo houses are built as temporary shelters in the aftermath of an earthquake. The geometry gives the architect a chance to construct these origami-inspired houses in a variety of shapes.
6. Woven Bamboo House:
Woven Bamboo houses are, like other bamboo houses, made out of sustainable building material, and attract a lot of tourists because of their out-of-the-box design. Not only are they environmentally friendly, they appear more pleasing and natural to the eye, and, at the same time, are modern and almost futuristic in their overall architectural setup. One does not need to construe separate designs and patterns for floors, walls and ceilings when designing a woven bamboo house â it runs as a single continuous surface. The roofs are covered with bamboo shingles while internal flooring, walls and ceiling have been done with woven bamboo. The inside of the house provides enough space for insulation.
7. Bamboo Tree Hut:
This new design attracts tourists particularly looking for a tropical fervor to suit their vacation. Constructed specifically to provide its guests an experience of the untamed woods, it offers a wealth of island ambiance, a picturesque view of the sunset, and unparalleled greenness of the flora.
8. Bamboo Huts by Students:
Very often does one witness a remarkable structure being brought to life from what was considered to be a mere architectural mistake. A real life building property at present, it was initially designed with the intent of creating a dome with full-length poles arcing up toward the center and back down along the opposite edge; however, because of bambooâs flexibility, the structural members started to twist the dome, giving it a shell like resemblance at one end. With the use of careful innovation and designing skills, the overall structure was made to look like a dome and a conch shell at the same time. Weather is regulated inside the house with cropped rice stems posted as exterior cladding.
9. Modern Nipa Hut:
A Modern Nipa Hut, as the name suggests, is made up of Nipa leaves, coconut leaves laid out on clipped bamboos. Cosy and overwhelming in itself, a sustainable dwelling such as this is still used by native Filipinos.
10. Bamboo hut powered by solar energy:
This Chinese architecture uses futuristic technology along with the conventional usage of sunlight in producing 9KW of electrical power for bedroom and living room. Not only do these houses exude a dynamic beauty in their overall crafting, they utilize sunlight to produce energy. It is a simple yet efficient bamboo house design, with includes humidity and temperature control system, a bamboo garden and thermal insulation systems.