Recently completed ‘bamboo symphony’ by bangalore based Manasaram Architects has been shortlisted for the World Architecture Festival Award 2011 in both the mixed use office and small office categories. An open air interior space is stepped into the rugged terrain in a spiraling configuration. Reminiscent of a billowing fabric, the canopy wraps around the harvesting pond directing the shell roof’s storm runoff into the water feature.
The foundation and curving retaining wall are composed of mud blocks created from the site’s immediate materials. A precast concrete roof covers a lattice grid made of hollow bamboo culms supported on bamboo beams and columns. Concrete was also reinforced with the plant’s fibers to reduce the construction’s total weight. Other recycled elements include fly ash, wood, scrap metal, stone, and other debris for aggregate.Location: Bangalore, India
Architect: Manasaram Architects Project name: Bamboo Symphony