Bamboo has been used for thousands of years in Asia. Now, it could help solve construction’s sustainability problem
Story by Rebecca Cairns; video by Gisella Deputato, CNN
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7:05 AM EST, Mon November 22, 2021
Construction materials such as concrete and steel are major contributors to climate change -- which is why the industry is looking for cleaner, greener alternatives. Pioneering Asian architecture studios are taking bamboo structures to the next level, with projects ranging from luxury villas to eco-friendly school campuses, like the Green School in Bali, Indonesia (pictured). Explore the gallery to see more inspiring bamboo buildings.
Strong but lightweight and extremely flexible, bamboo makes architecture more "dynamic," says Elora Hardy, founder and creative director of Ibuku -- like this poolside pavilion. Ibuku treats its bamboo with a natural, non-toxic boron solution, which makes it biodegrade slower and prevents insects eating it.
The Green Village in Badung, Bali, is one of Ibuku's biggest projects, with 12 villas completed to date.