llLab weaves a 'bamboo cloud' design pavilion to float over lower manhattan

llLab weaves a 'bamboo cloud' design pavilion to float over lower manhattan

design pavilion 2023: reviving traditional craft

 

This year’s Design Pavilion for NYCxDESIGN included an experimental installation dubbed Bamboo Cloud, designed and crafted by Shanghai-based architecture studio llLab. The lightweight structure appeared to float over Gansevoort Plaza in New York‘s Meatpacking District from October 12th through 18th during Archtober 2023. Bamboo, a versatile and sustainable material, has been an integral part of architectural history for centuries. Primarily embraced in Asian and African regions, this resilient resource has been employed for a boundless number of architectural applications. From woven mats and panels to split strips for shingles and siding, to entire bamboo culms used for structural elements like columns, beams, and rafters. This rich tradition of bamboo architecture serves as the foundation for the Bamboo Cloud, which arrived this month in New York City. 

llLab weaves a 'bamboo cloud' design pavilion to float over lower manhattanimages © Xi Chen + Chris King

 

 

lllab weaves lightweight ‘clouds’ from bamboo

 

With Bamboo Cloud, the architects at llLab have taken the material to new heights, exploring an application that pushes the boundaries of what it can achieve. Bamboo’s strength and lightweight properties make it ideal for sustainable design innovations. The Design Pavilion for NYCxDesign exemplifies this potential in architecture. Composed of two amorphous ‘clouds’ constructed entirely from bamboo and supported by structural columns, the bamboo is intricately woven to form a porous surface that shelters a light and ethereal environment, ideal for relaxing and gathering in the city.

Bamboo Cloud is softly illuminated from within, as well as from below — thanks to a collaboration with architectural lighting design firm L’Observatoire International and lighting suppliers Nanometer Lighting and Color Kinetics

llLab weaves a 'bamboo cloud' design pavilion to float over lower manhattan
the Bamboo Cloud pavilion exemplifies the material’s versatility in New York City

 

 

from guilin to new york

 

The Shanghai-based team at llLab has been challenging the traditional applications of bamboo long before this Bamboo Cloud arrived in New York. The team had explored the material’s potential with a similar installation which, in 2020, occupied the dramatic, forested landscape of Guilin, China. see designboom’s coverage here!

Bamboo is still relatively ambiguously defined, though bamboo has been applied in various aspects in the field of architecture. In terms of structural calculation and material properties, it can still only be compared with wood in the role of ‘engineered bamboo,’ for imperfect construction implementation,’ said Hanxaio Liu, Founding Partner of llLab.However, the Bamboo Cloud intends to unify original bamboo and engineered bamboo in terms of materials and applications, as well as their properties and physical presentation.’

llLab weaves a 'bamboo cloud' design pavilion to float over lower manhattan
two bamboo ‘clouds’ shelter an open-air space for relaxing in the city

 

 

Hanxaio Liu continues: Bamboo Cloud focuses on the relationships between inherent material properties and their potential applications beyond convention. Bamboo has been mainly applied on the scale of handcraft, followed by the recent popularization of its utilization in sustainable buildings. However, the advantage of utilizing bamboo has not been thoroughly understood, so most applications have remained superficial.’

llLab weaves a 'bamboo cloud' design pavilion to float over lower manhattan
bamboo’s renewable nature makes it an environmentally responsible choice llLab weaves a 'bamboo cloud' design pavilion to float over lower manhattan
the Design Pavilion represents a vision for a fresh, sustainable future in architecture

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IILab offers a promising glimpse into the future of eco-friendly urban spaces

llLab weaves a 'bamboo cloud' design pavilion to float over lower manhattan
the pavilion symbolizes a potential to revolutionize the architectural landscape with sustainable structures

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IILab completed a similar installation in Guilin, China in 2020

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