bamboo house at solar decathlon
bamboo house at solar decathlon bamboo house at solar decathlon
jun 23, 2010

bamboo house at solar decathlon

bamboo house by tongji university at the solar decathlon europe in madrid, spain image courtesy of design training

the chinese team from tongji university has designed and built ‘bamboo house’ (aka sunshine inn) as their official entry into the firsteuropean solar decathlon in madrid. made primarily out of bamboo, the house minimizes CO2 emission levels throughout the whole production phase. the raw material is also locally cultivated and has a very short and efficient renewable cycle of 5 years.

the house features two curved roofs and a solar-facing wall which are clad with photovoltaic panels that can generate enough energy to sustain the house, and potentially sell back to the grid. another highlight of the 75 m2 house is the innovative interior wall covering, which utilizes phase change materials (such as those used in heat packs) to heat and cool the house.

exterior view of completed bamboo house image courtesy of design training

detail of PV panels image courtesy of design training

‘bamboo house’ at the villa solar image courtesy of design training

exterior image courtesy of design training

facade and structure image courtesy of design training

window detail image courtesy of design training

exterior image courtesy of design training

rendering of the entrance and the bamboo treatment image courtesy of tongji university

rendering of the exterior PV wall image courtesy of tongji university

rendering of outdoor space and garden image courtesy of tongji university

in order to build the house quickly on site, the team pre-fabricated the majority of the house and prepared the material before shipping to madrid. here are some construction images from the villa solar and the pre-build stage:

construction phase at the villa solar image courtesy of javier alonso huerta

image courtesy of javier alonso huerta

pre-build image courtesy of tongji university

preparation of the bamboo sticks image courtesy of tongji university

prefab wall segments image courtesy of tongji university

image courtesy of tongji university

  • this is a big lie !!!

    this is a full copy of the entire german technology set by markus heinzdorff
    you can see his work at the expo shanghai 2010

    softbamboo says:
  • Don’t be so grumpy…
    Beautiful use of bamboo and solar.

    Free Form Constructural Realism says:
  • I like this kind of design however It might be a big lie!

    Mina says:
  • I love this desing !!
    aunque sea copia
    yo quiero una bamboo house !!

    carol says:
  • softbamboo,

    I see Tongji University and Markus worked in consultation with each other on his project. This really would be a case of a mutual exchange of knowldedge and IP. Get your facts straight!

    Great project by the way Tongji!

    Nice to see db has published something that isn’t a novel, quirky, ethereal piece of nonsense… unlike the recent plethora of reinvented unecessary homewares.

    cagey says:
  • Innovative and design ideas well met. Perhaps a large window in the end wall in the middle section would add to the light in that part of the building. If the building process could be set up as a modular building platform, it would enable quick builds, with a variety of plans.

    Well done Tongji d:-)

    Jetwax says:
  • What a great idea, Bamboo is stronger than steel isn’t it? It’s certainly less damaging to produce in large quantities.

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    James says:
  • very good house

    Deepak says:
  • I really like this design,neat ‘n’ clean details too!

    Prachi Pandit says:
  • lets get our facts right before we criticize.Tongji has
    been known to have been involved in most of the Shanghai Expo’s construction and engineering.

    innovative and creative
    Good job Tongji

    archipunk says:
  • Cool use of the bamboo and the rendering was good! Great post, check out our 3D Rendering.

    123dview says:
  • Get a grip people. All that black stuff is steel supporting the bamboo.

    Kabuki says:

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