manasaram architects: bamboo symphony manasaram architects: bamboo symphony
sep 07, 2011

manasaram architects: bamboo symphony

‘bamboo symphony’ by manasaram architects, bangalore, india
image © krishanu chaterjee

recently completed ‘bamboo symphony’ by bangalore based manasaram architects has been shortlisted for the
world architecture festival award 2011 in both the mixed use office and small office categories. an open air
interior space is stepped into the rugged terrain in a spiraling configuration. reminiscent of a billowing fabric,
the canopy wraps around the harvesting pond directing the shell roof’s storm runoff into the water feature.


overall exterior
image © world architecture festival

the foundation and curving retaining wall are composed of mud blocks created from the site’s
immediate materials. a precast concrete roof covers a lattice grid made of hollow bamboo culms
supported on bamboo beams and columns. concrete was also reinforced with the plant’s fibers to
reduce the construction’s total weight. other recycled elements include fly ash, wood, scrap metal,
stone, and other debris for aggregate.


(left) southwest corner
(right) reception
images © world architecture festival


main circulation
image © krishanu chaterjee


principal’s cabin
image © krishanu chaterjee


towards lobby
image © krishanu chaterjee


board room
image © krishanu chaterjee


board room from north
image © krishanu chaterjee


from studio towards rainwater harvesting pond
image © krishanu chaterjee


circulation wrapping lotus pond
image © krishanu chaterjee


studio
image © krishanu chaterjee


southeast
image © krishanu chaterjee


southwest at dusk
image © krishanu chaterjee


view from southeast at duck
image © krishanu chaterjee


view from northwest at dusk
image © krishanu chaterjee


entry kiosk and reception
image © krishanu chaterjee


floor plan / level 0
image courtesy of manasaram architects


elevation
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elevation
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elevation
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elevation
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exploded axon
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project info:

name of project: bamboo symphony
location: bangalore, india
built -up area: 210.00 m2
completion: december 2010

  • Really brave project…

    Fernando says:
  • From concept through to completion, big thumbs up. Go well at the awards d;-)

    Jetwax says:
  • simply the best

    sanjay patwa says:

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