Australian designer Esan Rahmani together with Mukul Damle have designed 'Bamboo Pavillion', a synthesis of sustainable ideas for a communal shelter for disadvantaged populations around the Indian Ocean Rim.
Bamboo is already used in Asia and Pacific regions as a building material due to it's adaptable qualities to make roofing, flooring, water and drainage pipes and be used as structural members.
Bamboo is renewable, inexpensive and with it's light (hollow) physical characteristics it means minimal energy is used to transport it which makes it a highly sustainable resource.
Using smart joinery and efficient use of bamboo, there is no need for the use of other materials to construct the shelter.
The structural members also act as a system of interconnected pipes (bamboo) which collect and channel the rain water into a central basin where it is filtered and stored for use.
The shelter is designed with quality of life in mind. Solar access is therefore the central focus of the communal living area, where it is maximised by a radial funnel shaped opening in the structure. And in sleeping areas operable shades allow light in, provide natural ventilation and let the inhabitants gaze at the stars at night. The roof is tiled using quarter cuts of bamboo similar to traditional terracotta tiles.
In plan the design allows for a large communal living space surrounded by bedrooms and amenities.