This school gymnasium in Bali is an ambitious demonstration of the structural use of bamboo, utilising the material’s unique combination of strength and flexibility.
Anticlastic shells span between 19m wide by 13m high arches, both of which contribute to the structural spanning. Due to the variable material properties of bamboo and the pioneering form, extensive testing was carried out to justify the design.
Ark Gymnasium is an extraordinary project. It brings together local materials, fundamental research and creativity-charged structural engineering expertise to produce something of pure delight. Not only does it demonstrate how we might consider the spectacular use of natural building materials for major projects, but it also lays out the path, via research, which can lead to the confident use of such materials. This is a marvellous demonstration of artistry, technical know how and a drive towards net zero.