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.
This dramatic roof structure is a breath-taking use of sustainable, locally harvested bamboo. The project was beautifully detailed following years of research into the material’s unique properties. The result is a very low carbon structure superbly executed, showcasing the fantastic artistry and workmanship of the engineers in the varied structural forms.
The project demonstrates the exciting potential of bamboo as a potential mainstream building material. Architects and engineers alike should be inspired.