Bamboo is fast becoming a viable building alternative to steel, timber, and concrete. Renowned for its strength, versatility, and durability, bamboo has long been a staple of building projects in the Asia/Pacific region, but recently the material has received buzz from a greening industry in the West.
Because it grows quickly and requires relatively little resources, bamboo is one of the eco-friendliest building materials available – up to twenty times more so than its structural counterparts.
Bamboo has been increasingly used as an aesthetic element in finishing for eco-conscious building projects, but as its reputation for sustainability and versatility grows it won’t be long until projects more heavily incorporate the material into the design process.
Over at The Atlantic Cities, photos of some recent projects making use of bamboo showcase some of the possibilities of bamboo-enhanced architecture. For an industry looking to re-imagine itself in a changing marketplace, bamboo-based construction may offer one way forward.