3/30/2011

Bamboo Housing for Haiti by Laurent Saint-Val

Paris-based architect Laurent Saint-Val proposes, for Port-au-Prince, Haiti, a sustainable housing block based on the traditional art of basketry. This strategy consists of weaving natural plant fibres, including bamboo, from the local habitat. This results in a cocoon-type structure.
Bamboo Housing for Haiti © Saint-Val Architecture. Originally appeared on evolo

According to Laurent Saint-Val, this residential block can be compared to the carving of a totem pole: "It's an architecture that segments space and which translates well the transient character of these habitats."
Technique of construction of the Bamboo Housing © Saint-Val Architecture.
Originally appeared on evolo
> Using local materials, including bamboo, the structural system
is based on a technique inspired by the traditional art of basketry by
weaving natural plant fibres.
Details of the assembly and connections of bamboo sections
© Saint-Val Architecture. Originally appeared on inhabitat
© Saint-Val Architecture. Originally appeared on inhabitat
> Examples of application of Guadua Tech systems to the nodes.
This system allows for standing great compression and tension forces.

The Guadua Tech, which is a method to prepare a modern system of terminal assembly for bamboo, allows for standing great compression and tension forces. Bamboo poles have been joined with high-tech X-type joints to create the bamboo exo-skeleton of the building. This technique can be a response to recurrent earthquake threats in terms of earthquake engineering. Ventilation is provided by wooden slats and  glass panels curving up the exterior in a double helix.
Diagram © Saint-Val Architecture. originally appeared on evolo
This Bamboo Housing illustrates new reflections in terms of building for Haiti.
Elevation © Saint-Val Architecture. Originally appeared on evolo
© Saint-Val Architecture. Originally appeared on evolo
© Saint-Val Architecture. Originally appeared on evolo
> The housing contains a ground floor that serves as the entrance.
The bathroom and the small kitchen are located in this level.
The bedrooms are located in the upper levels.
Diagram © Saint-Val Architecture. Originally appeared on inhabitat
> The diagram shows the manufacturing of the building structure wrapped
in canvas.
Elevation © Saint-Val Architecture. Originally appeared on inhabitat
Diagram © Saint-Val Architecture. Originally appeared on inhabitat
Sketch © Saint-Val Architecture. Originally appeared on inhabitat
Who is he?
Laurent Saint-Val has founded his agency in 2006 after having collaborated with important agencies. The firm is based in Paris, France.

Building Fact
Project: Bamboo Housing
Architect: Saint-Val Architecture
Location: Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Status: study phase
Credit images: Laurent Saint-Val

Images originally appeared on evolo and inhabitat
Source: evolo and inhabitat

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