In the course of creating bamboo candles and bamboo pots for Shop for Bamboo, there remains, usually, sections of tubes or cylinders. These are stacked on shelves awaiting some inspired idea for their use.
Then I saw this house designed for the climate in Costa Rica by architect Benjamin Garcia Saxe featured on the dornob.com website. I’m guessing that the bamboo used is Guadua, a giant bamboo native to Costa Rica well suited for structural work.
Guadua bamboo seems to be the mainstay of the The National Bamboo Project of Costa Rica. The Project was established with the dual aims of reducing deforestation by replacing timber with bamboo as a primary building material and providing low cost housing for Costa Rica’s rural poor.