bamboo shelter retracts like a turtle to combat extreme weather in the philippines
 

bamboo shelter retracts like a turtle to combat extreme weather in the philippines

EEMY architecture and design has created a resilient bamboo shelter that can withstand severe weather. created in collaboration with the world bank, build academy, airbnb and GFDRR, ‘delta’ can retract into itself when challenged by extreme conditions, much like a turtle retreats inside its shell.

bamboo shelter retracts like a turtle to combat extreme weather in the philippines

images courtesy of EEMY

 

 

using the philippines as an example of areas that are prone to natural disasters, EEMY was inspired by the strength of traditional filipino bahay-kubo houses. delta’s pyramidal shape enhances earthquake resilience whilst the base is elevated off the ground to withstand high waters. in extreme weather conditions, the shelter can contract to half its size, transforming into a ‘super resilient’ compact pyramid.

bamboo shelter retracts like a turtle to combat extreme weather in the philippines EEMY

 

 

the shelter does so through a series of foldable ‘bamboo tents’ that can be expanded or folder back onto the main structure (430 square feet). when expanded to its full size (861 square feet), the triangular windows and ‘wings’ can be used as shade, drying racks, market stalls, and connecting to create covered community courtyards.

bamboo shelter retracts like a turtle to combat extreme weather in the philippines EEMY

 

 

the use of bamboo echos the natural feel of traditional filipino bahay-kubo houses. the primary structure is composed of bamboo poles (12cm diameter) with trusses in between for extra stability. the bamboo is also treated with a boron solution, a naturally occurring salt solution that renders the bamboo indigestible to insects.

 

EEMY says that the design can be constructed within 28 days with owners driving the construction at cost of just $8,500.

bamboo shelter retracts like a turtle to combat extreme weather in the philippines EEMY

 

project info

 

studio: EEMY architecture studio and design
name: delta
location: the philippines
collaborators: the world bank, build academy, airbnb and GFDRR

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