Bamboo Contemporary: Green Houses Around the Globe

Princeton Architectural. Apr. 2022. 256p. ISBN 9781616899004. $60. INTERIOR DESIGN
Bamboo, a member of the grass family, has been used for centuries for mainly ornamental and decorative purposes, commonly in baskets, furniture, and musical instruments. Bamboo is a strong and renewable material suitable for house construction as well; however, due to limited access to bamboo in many countries, bamboo houses are uncommon. To demonstrate this material’s versatility, architectural historian Richards (A Minimalism Guide for Beginners) presents a beautiful book that showcases 14 bamboo-construction houses across the globe, from Indonesia to Brazil. (Three of the properties are located in the United States: in Hawai‘i, New York City, and Washington, DC.) All of the houses are either entirely built of bamboo or use it extensively. Each project is covered in a 12–20-page spread with full-page color photos, as well as descriptions of the design’s unique characteristics, its architects, and the materials it uses, and floorplans and landscape architectural drawings.
VERDICT Unique ideals and gorgeous photography abound in this beautifully produced book.
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