The importance of sustainable architecture is increasing day by day. Designs that provide minimum consumption of energy resources, are based on renewable energy and can adapt to nature and people, ensuring their permanence when local harmony is achieved.
Kristian Savov, Blagovesta Dimencheva and Iva Smilkova have collaborated to create durable bamboo homes that fit just that description for earthquake-affected areas of Nepal.
The '3modular' proposes a cost-effective, sustainable and easy-to-build solution for living in newly rebuilt towns. The design uses vernacular materials and a modular arrangement that can be multiplied and combined into units of various sizes.
The focus is on quickly rebuilding houses for the affected areas emotional and economic recovery.
Each housing unit provides living, cleansing and resting functions. The system can be easily rearranged while maintaining the interior's light quality and natural ventilation. The finishing materials are specified as steel sheets and bamboo woven walls, which is typical for Nepal. At the same time, these materials serve as a canvas for customizability as colour can be introduced by the users.
The rigid frame of the bamboo structure is divided into triangles to make the unit flexible enough to withstand the lateral forces of earthquakes. The use of bamboo was selected due to the abundance of the material in Nepal, India and Peru. Besides, the local proficiency in using it for construction. It is also lightweight and flexible, making it easy to transport and financially feasible.
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