bamboo lakou by john naylor wins foster + partners prize
bamboo lakou by john naylor wins foster + partners prize bamboo lakou by john naylor wins foster + partners prize
jun 26, 2013

bamboo lakou by john naylor wins foster + partners prize

‘bamboo lakou’ by john naylor wins foster + partners prize
all images courtesy of john naylor




fifth year architectural association (AA) diploma student, john naylor, wins the 2013 annual foster + partners prize for having the portfolio that best addresses sustainability and infrastructure. his project ‘bamboo lakou’ is a response to the devastation that port au prince, haiti suffered in 2010, and from which it is still recovering. the thesis challenges the idea of local construction methods, and proposes to superimpose resilient structures and bamboo forests in the haitian landscape, resolving issues of natural disaster and mass deforestation on the island. the design is based on the typology of the ‘lakou’ or courtyard, creating a central communal space around which, industry, commerce, and residence are layered as an integral community. the assembly is based on the five-year growing cycle of bamboo, with older plants creating supporting members, and younger ones composing sinous facades. implementing this vernacular will employ new materials and technologies, and promote education and industry, resulting in an urbanism that is sustainable and resistant to natural disasters.




the design encourages community gathering and provides work spaces



the structure is resilient in hurricanes and earthquakes



the reforested area and curvilinear structures contrast starkly against the dense urban construction of port au prince



a community of ‘lari’; each ‘lakou’ acts as an urban block



the project layers commercial, industrial, and residential spaces



diagram comparing the magnitude and effects of the earthquakes in chile (above) and haiti (below) in 2010



foster and partners prize winner: john naylor’s ‘bamboo lakou’ in haiti



construction sequencing diagram



the massing addresses issues for hurricane and earthquake



illustration of construction sequence



diagram of assembly method



this axonometric diagram illustrates the many layers of socio-economic and environmental factors considered in the design



reforestation diagram and its climactic imapct



foster and partners prize winner: john naylor’s ‘bamboo lakou’ in haiti



  • Amazing idea and wonderful presentation. Congratulations to winning this prize!

    Andrea Ventling says:
  • Wow…Awsome!

  • Ronald Shakespear , please note , not Shakespere , best graphic designer from Argentina , states in his good 50 years work retrospective exhibition at the Modern Art Museum in Buenos Aires , one single sentence that may apply to this project .
    “In theory, both theory and practice come together …. in real parctice not that much … ” ( translation from spanish is mine)
    Yes ,it is a good project from the urbanistic and city planning point of view . Maybe more technnical and structural details should be added … Bamboo is a splendid material from our tropics, but not everything could be made in bamboo … Nice integral proposal ….. J. ACERO / ARCHITECT-BAMBOO SPECIALIST FROM COLOMBIA


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