Design showcase: Top 5 designs with bamboo

by | 13 Apr 2022 | Design

In collaboration with TOPHOTELDESIGN, we take a look at five inspiring hotel designs using bamboo.

Island, coastal and nature-immersed eco retreats highlight this sustainable material in contemporary design.

Sustainability and cultural tradition

Did you know that bamboo can grow up to 90 centimetres in just one day? In theory, you could watch bamboo grow in real time and notice the change.

When designing a property the selection of construction materials is one of the main elements defining that project’s carbon footprint. Bamboo has a lot to offer. Apart from being visually appealing, bamboo is resistant, flexible and fast growing (making it more eco-friendly than most materials).

Bamboo also has a strength to weight ratio that’s similar to timber – only timber takes around 20 years to grow for harvest, while bamboo takes around four years until it’s suitable for construction (and just two for furniture).

This sustainable material has a rich cultural history too, being associated with traditional building techniques of South Asia, East Asia, the South Pacific, Central and South America.

This week, we have selected five projects with exquisite use of this material. From poligon triangular structures in idyllic natural settings to curvy and dynamic circuits of flexed bamboo that run through the entire hotel, these projects create architectural and interior masterpieces without compromising on ecological responsibility.

Search for BAMBOO in TOPHOTELDESIGN and explore the results.


Islas Secas Panama

by Hart Howerton New York

Image by © ProPixelPanama 2016


Zannier Hotels Bai San Ho

Thi xa Song Cau, Vietnam
by Geraldine Dohogne – Beyond DesignZannier Hotels

Image by © Frederik Wissink


Ulaman Eco Retreat

by Inspiral Architecture and Design Studios


Lelewatu Sumba

by Popo Danes Architect


Movenpick Resort & Spa Kuredhivaru Maldives

by  Motiv – Poland
Supplied by Spa Supply Solutions

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