indonesian architects without borders bamboo bridge solo designboom


the city of solo in central java gains a public bamboo bridge by indonesian architects without borders (ASF-ID). the pedestrian overpass is located above the kali pepe river, between the historical sites of pasar gede and vastenburg fort. the project is commissioned for construction as part of the second bamboo biennale held in october of 2016.

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the bridge is located over the kai pepe river, between the historical sites of pasar gede and vastenburg fort



for this project, indonesian architects without borders reveal another dimension to bamboo architecture that is aligned with UN sustainable development. experienced carpenters have been invited from yogyakarta to lead the construction process during the period of october-november for the second bamboo biennale. bamboo species of petung (dendrocalamus asper) provided by bambubos has been treated for pests. sufficient roofing is also supplied to lengthen the plant’s lifespan, while mobile cranes are employed to lift and position the semi-completed bridge onto the foundations.

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the pedestrian bridge spans 18-meters, with a track width varying between 1.8 and 2.3 meters



the adjacent community of kampung ketandan has also contributed to the construction and management of the bridge, through provision of lodging for carpenters and volunteers. the locals further agree to guard and care for the structure that is the first of its kind in indonesia. in the context of promoting bamboo as a promising material for the future, the bridge is showcasing the value of that plant as a public facility within cities. 

indonesian architects without borders bamboo bridge java designboom
the bridge is billed at 130 millions IDR (approx. 10.000 USD) through public funding

indonesian architects without borders bamboo bridge java designboom
floor finishes of reinforced concrete aimed for comfort, durability, and ease of maintenance



bamboo bridge in kali pepe
video courtesy of indonesian architects without borders

indonesian architects without borders bamboo bridge java designboom
indonesian architects without borders assigned to design the bridge for the second bamboo biennale

indonesian architects without borders bamboo bridge java designboom
scale models are built and tested at the engineering laboratory of parahyangan catholic university

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bamboo is sliced at regular pattern to obtain the curve, fixed with bolts

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main frames are assembled and joined together at the bank of a parking lot

bamboo bridge java designboom
metal roof and concrete floor are implemented for lower maintenance requirements

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the bridge is showcasing both utility and aesthetic of bamboo as an urban and public facility

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the bamboo bridge aims at rejuvenating river life and culture in solo



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edited by: lea zeitoun | designboom

  • $10k would hardly pay for the permit process in the US. The World needs more labor intensive public projects. Unless it rains a lot – delete the roof and come back in X-years make a new one. The big dollars should not go to the Military.


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