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Grow Your own House - Simón Vélez and the Bamboo Architecture


The advantages offered by bamboo, one of the worldÙs most important construction materials, are being rediscovered today: not only is it considered extremely costeffective and lasting, it also has an unmistakable aesthetic appearance, whilst its internal structure is remarkably similar to that of high-tech materials. Architect Simón Vélez, born 1959 in Columbia, recognized the benefits this material offers and put them to practical use in a large number of buildings. His project, the pavilion for the ZERI Foundation at Expo 2000 in Hannover – at 40 meters in diameter and 17 meters high one of the largest bamboo structures in the world – is described in great detail.

Editors: Alexander von Vegesack, Mateo Kries

Paperback, 265 pages, 300 illustrations

Bilingual German/English

  • Size (l/w):
  • 290 x 240 mm
  • ISBN:
  • 978-3-931936-25-9

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