To many architects and designers, bamboo, one of the most eco-friendly materials on the planet, is much more than just a tool with which to decorate and embellish existing structures

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This collection of buildings showcases the natural aesthetic beauty of bamboo architecture. But bamboo, to architects and designers, is much more than just a material with which to decorate and embellish. This eco-friendly material has the same technical performance as most timber, concrete, and steel constructions -- but with a much smaller carbon footprint. One of the fastest-growing plants found anywhere on Earth (with reported growth rates of about 100 centimeters over 24 hours), bamboo's regenerative properties are unmatched.


View the complete OpenBuildings collection: Bamboo Architecture.

Image: Iwan Baan.