A Disaster-Proof House Made from Bamboo

A Disaster-Proof House Made from Bamboo

Kimber Watson
Oct 30, 2013
(Image credit: doan thanh ha via Grist)

Floods, landslides, hurricanes, tsunamis. Natural disasters are growing ever more common these days, so wouldn't it be great to know you and your home were safe? Thanks to Vietnamese firm H & P Architects, this durable bamboo-house prototype might very well be the dwelling of the future in disaster-prone regions. What's more, this remarkable dwelling can be built in as few as 25 days for about $2500.

The modular structure, named the Blooming Bamboo House, sits on stilts high above the ground plane and is capable of withstanding 1.5-meter-high floods. The house is comprised of bamboo-framed units which are harnessed to the ground by steel poles. The interior partitions and exterior screens are are made of thin bamboo modules that allow them to be stacked in different configurations. The roof can be raised for ventilation or lowered for rain, and the structure can be personalized by adding on bays. The units can even be combined to transform them into temporary schools or medical centers.

In places like Vietnam that are susceptible to fierce weather and disasters, houses like these could be the wave of the future. The architects are already experimenting with models that will be resistant to flooding up to 3 meters, and envision neighborhoods with entire clusters of Bb Houses that spring up after disasters to shelter the affected.

For more information on the Blooming Bamboo House, see This Bamboo House Might Be Indestructible | grist.

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