The innovative and elegant project that won one of the nine awards of the Resilient Homes Design Challenge launched by the World Bank to find solutions able to stem the devastating effects of climate change is entirely made of bamboo.

“Core House” is the name of the project, which was realized at the Polytechnic University of Turin by a team coordinated by the Colombian student Laura Munoz Tascon. A low cost and high sustainability response able to respond to the growing number of natural disasters affecting the planet.

The house is in fact made entirely of bamboo, a building material far more resistant than any vegetable essence and lighter than reinforced concrete and steel, flexible, adaptable, aesthetically varied and environmentally friendly.

The house is self-constructed and designed to withstand flooding in countries subject to this meteorological phenomenon which, with recent climate changes, is increasingly frequent and characterized by increasing intensity.

Floating is guaranteed by a system of floats made of recycled materials, which allow the house to rise up to a meter and a half above the ground. In this way the house is neither destroyed nor taken away, but manages to adapt to the wave flow by floating.

From the point of view of technological innovation, the use of bamboo opens the door to various future developments and could allow the construction of very economical, environmentally sustainable and energy efficient infrastructures. It is suitable for the self-construction of light products, because:

  • It is incredibly versatile and sustainable
  • it grows very quickly – up to 120 cm in 24 hours
  • with an increase of 10-30% of annual biomass compared to 2-5% for trees, bamboo can produce up to 20 times more lumber than trees in the same area
  • it is extremely strong in relation to its weight and can be used both structurally and as a finishing material.



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