Bamboo Cloud

New York City
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Photo © ©Xi Chen + Chris King
Photo © ©Xi Chen + Chris King
Photo © ©Xi Chen + Chris King
Photo © ©Xi Chen + Chris King
Photo © ©Xi Chen + Chris King
Photo © ©Xi Chen + Chris King
Photo © ©Xi Chen + Chris King
Photo © ©Xi Chen + Chris King
Photo © ©Xi Chen + Chris King
Photo © ©Xi Chen + Chris King
Photo © ©Xi Chen + Chris King
Photo © ©Xi Chen + Chris King
Gansevoort Plaza, Meatpacking District, 10010 New York City
NYCxDesign, Design Pavilion
Structural Consulting
LuAnLu Partners Structure Consulting
Engineered Bamboo Consultant
Yi Zhu Fan Gong
Metal-Work Consultant
Shanghai Yijun Exhibition Service
Lighting Design
L’Observatoire International
Lighting Technology
Nanometer Lighting with Color Kinetics
Bamboo-Weaving Artisans
Ping Wang, Guoxiang Wang, Chunliang Long, Hongchuan Mu, Qiongyao Liu, Haifeng Zhou
Special Thanks
Xilong Zhang, Puqiang Liu
Site Management
Perfection Electricks
Site Installation
Mariano Brothers

Bamboo Cloud's original idea was to create a spontaneous place that sparks encounters and gatherings.

The choice of bamboo, a natural material, and the hand-woven method used by Bamboo Cloud, although they can stimulate awareness of nature and perception of the environment, will be limited by the geographical factors of handwork and the source of the material.

Bamboo Cloud's overall creative and construction concept attempts to break this innate limitation by using an assembly method that allows it to break through geographical and material boundaries, thereby bringing natural consciousness and natural space to more previously unreachable areas, such as here, like a clump of fibers floating over New York City.

Bamboo Cloud focuses on the relationships between inherent material properties and their potential applications beyond convention. Bamboo has been mainly applied on the scale of handcraft, followed by the recent popularization of its utilization in sustainable buildings. However, the advantage of utilizing bamboo has not been thoroughly understood, so most applications have remained superficial.

The idea of making Bamboo Cloud has further triggered the integration of form and structure. The process investigated performance extremes in order to optimize efficiency by using bamboo as the most organic construction material beyond its commonly applied fields.

During prototyping, bamboo strips less than 5 mm thick and less than 5 cm wide are used to test the threshold for lightweight construction. The process places particular emphasis on the unique material properties of bamboo, which could potentially inspire a wider range of construction applications.

Bamboo Cloud, a porous volume made of woven bamboo stripes, naturally finds its form due to the internal resilient force in the material and eventually stabilizes as a volumetric object, making it a potential implementation at building scale. Bamboo Cloud visualizes its inherent force in the form itself, which therefore makes it possible to grow architecturally and culturally.

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