Array
Building & Renovating

Would You Live in This 60sqm Bamboo House?

A team of design professionals came up with a sustainable house design that promotes proper housing and the use of bamboo as a building material

Shares
Photography: courtesy of Ar. Matias Irrgang Dazzini and Ar. Miguel Luis Roman Andrade

When it comes to building a house, choosing the right materials is an important step. While many instantly decide to build concrete and modern homes, we cannot discount the beauty and durability of structures built using natural materials, too.

In a recently concluded social housing prototype contest conducted by USAID, Miyamo International, and ULEAM, the use of bamboo took the spotlight as design professionals came up with designs that address the lack of proper housing in Ecuador’s crowded areas.

ALSO READ: How To Achieve These 5 Popular House Designs in the Philippines


ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
CONTINUE READING BELOW
Recommended Videos

Interior designer Christine de Leon, one of Real Living’s 25 Creatives to Watch in 2017, was part of Team BAMSE (Bamboo+House), which won second place. “The contest is a social housing competition in Latin America. It was a wonderful opportunity to be invited by the team representative, architect Emmanuel Mendoza Zambrano, who specializes in the field of climate change, to participate in this project together with their team of architects,” shares Christine.

Understanding that everyone has a right to proper housing, the team came up with a modern, functional, and inviting 60sqm bamboo house. From the outside, it’s reminiscent of our well-loved bahay-kubo, especially the space under the house. Traditional Filipino homes often have storage or just an open space beneath it referred to as a “silong.”

ALSO READ: An Old Fashioned Pinoy Bahay Kubo In Palawan

Designed with Ecuador in mind, the BAMSE can be used as inspiration when planning a Filipino home, too. Both countries experience tropical climate and have an abundance of bamboo.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

As Christine explains, “we’re blessed to have a bountiful amount of bamboo in the Philippines. As a plant, it’s a powerful climate change mitigator and it absorbs more Carbon dioxide than other trees.”

Whether you’re looking into building a sustainable home or just on the lookout for possible materials you can use, the BAMSE definitely provides a source of inspiration. Learn more about the design below:

Facade


ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

The house is elevated, with the space under the house serving as storage while aiding air insulation. Ar. Matias Irrgang Dazzini shares that the green areas surrounding the house and run alongside the roof perimeter allow owners to grow their own food and make use of rainwater.

ALSO READ: Are You Living in a Flood-Prone Area?

“Bamboo is a fast-growing grass. Structurally, it can be as strong as steel, provided that it is treated and sealed correctly, plus, it works well with traction and compression,” adds Ar. Matias. Concrete was used for the foundation piles to serve as a barrier which comes in handy especially in areas prone to flooding.

Interiors


ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

The house has two bedrooms, living, dining, and kitchen areas, and a bathroom. According to the team, a variation in floor levelling was done to define the different areas. “The section of the bedrooms was lower than the kitchen and living room section. The roofing angles [were also planned] to work with natural air flow,” explains Ar. Matias.


ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

Simple yet welcoming, the team went for a relaxed modern look for the interiors. “We used a natural color scheme, complementing the bamboo as well as the bahareque walls. Simple modern furniture pieces were chosen according to size and style to give a feeling of adequacy in space proportionate to each area,” Christine says.

The home is reminiscent of ancestral homes, including the choice of furniture. Nothing is out of place and each element adds to the overall look. To complement the bamboo, the team also used bahareque (earth and bamboo) for the walls and polycarbonate for the roof to provide insulation while minimizing the sound of rain.


ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

Bamboo is a versatile material that can be used in structural and non-structural components of a house. It can be used as doors, as windows, as ceilings, and even to serve as a column. Ar. Matias says it does not emit radiation unlike other conventional construction materials. “It’s easy to construct and build with. It’s beautiful, has a nice color, texture and even scent. With BAMSE, all five senses were used to create it,” he adds.


ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

BAMSE proves we can achieve the home of our dreams using readily available materials. For Christine, it’s all about building and designing with nature in mind. “We are given a timely opportunity to be eco-conscious. As we experience the effects of climate change, it’s our responsibility to care for the future. We can maximize an efficient structure that works for us and the environment. When we take care of the planet, the planet takes care of us,” she shares.

Team BAMSE is a group of professionals who have extensive experience in coming up with considerate and sustainable designs that take into consideration its future owners. Aside from Ar. Matias and Christine, completing the team are Ar. Emmanuel Mendoza Zambrano, Ar. Miguel Roman Andrade, Ar. Melanie Cristina Apolinario Plaza, Ar. Manuel Leonardo Noblecilla Alvarez, Engr. Maria Cruzaty Sancan, and Ar. Maha Saraswati.

BAMSE is once again an entry to another competition, Revista Trama - Arquitectura+Diseño. You can check it out on Facebook.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

More on Realliving.com.ph

Real Living is now on Quento! Enjoy more of our stories by clicking here to download the app.

Shares

Latest Stories

Farm Owners Spent P150K to Build This Modern Bahay Kubo in Misamis Occidental

They used materials from the farm and pre-loved furniture from their parents to save on costs

GOOD NEWS: Batanes Has Reopened to Tourists

Ready for another revenge travel? Here's your guide to visiting the smallest province in the country.

This Complete Condo Renovation Was Finished with a P250K Budget

Interior designer Katrina Recomite came up with a minimalist mod theme to turn the lackluster 23sqm unit into a bright and functional space

Sneak Peek: Bea Alonzo's Gorgeous Apartment in Madrid, Spain

The actress recently bought a spacious unit found in a building designed by renowned architect-interior designer Tristan Domecq

What You Need to Know About Building a Landslide-Proof House, According to an Architect

Architect Ed Urcia, the inventor behind the multi-awarded Prime Precast blocks, shares insights on how to build a house that can withstand heavy rains and flooding

Create a Smart Home With These 6 Affordable Items

Turn your home into a high-tech abode with minimal effort!

A Minimalist House Made of Concrete

Taking inspiration from modern Japanese houses, Minimalist Architects PH worked with precast concrete to achieve a home that stands out

A Family of 5 Lives in This 32sqm Condo Unit

With the help of inter designer Angelica Fua, the owners transformed the compact space into an inviting halfway home

You'll Love This Minimalist Grocery Store in Bonifacio Global City

Shopping for affordable fresh produce and other essentials just got more stylish
Load More Stories