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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Bamboo Symphony in Bangalore, India by Manasaram Architects

November 19th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Manasaram Architects

This Project is shortlisted in World Architecture Festival,2011
Development and environment are inextricably linked and must be nourished by a change in the means, the content and the uses of growth. Three criteria€™s to be necessarily retained are: social justice, ecological prudence and economic efficiency. As the repercussions and downsides of the western culture and architecture are being discovered and the world is turning towards regional technologies – two definite categories of Development are emerging -one based on the principle of recycling and the other on the use of natural materials capable of being used without requiring industrial processing. Mud and BAMBOO figure prominently in the second category of Development. Bamboo is a premiere building material in the new architectural movement with Sustainability and Integrative approach as its two important criteria. HIGH SCIENCE AND SIMPLE TECHNOLOGY!

Exterior View (Image Courtesy Mr.Krishnau Chaterjee)

  • Architects: Manasaram Architects
  • Project: Bamboo Symphony
  • Location: Plot #7,Aditigreenscapes,Bangalore,India.
  • Client : Manasaram Architects,Bangalore,India.
  • Built -up area : 210.00 SQ
  • Completed Year : Dec. 2010
  • Photographer: Mr.Krishnau Chaterjee
  • Software used: AutoCAD, SketchUp, Corel, Photoshop

Japanese garden near reception area (Image Courtesy Mr.Krishnau Chaterjee)

Bamboo plays a key role in the lives of 1/5 th of the world population even today. In many places expensive Wood, Steel, Concrete, glass etc. have replaced Bamboo -labeling it as the \’poor man\’s material.


The tensile strength of bamboo fibers can be up to 12 kg/cm. almost twice that of steel. The weight to strength ratio of bamboo is far better that most modern material. It also makes for excellent support because o its inherent stiffness owing to the natural subdivisions. The engineering qualities of bamboo and its intrinsic structure anticipate the principles of many high-tech materials-making it an excellent value for money, with its attractive appearance an added bonus. Utilization of bamboo for grid matrix structures because of its flexibilities or in high – tech composite materials with high tensile strength, is a trend which can completely wipe out all other so called energy intensive high tech materials from the construction market. Since tensegrity and synergetic structures require light an high tensile basic elements. Bamboo is ideally situated for such applications. Its suitability for such structures Is another feather in its cap.

Exterior View (Image Courtesy Mr.Krishnau Chaterjee)

A Zero Energy Development with a closed loop for the Building Materials, Processes and Technologies.
The STRUCTURE of the building is its most unique feature. It is based on the structure of the fisherman’s net, a structure in Synergy, where total load is distributed to the system ,i.e.,to all the Bamboo elements. THESE STRUCTURES ARE HIGHLY EFFICIENT WITH MINIMAL ENERGY & MATERIAL USAGE In nature we find several examples, like Cobwebs etc . The reason for their efficiency is homogeneous load distribution , which efficiently leads to global synchronization. Interestingly, the tensile strength of spider silk is greater than the same weight of steel and has much greater elasticity, just like bamboo. model of SYNERGETIC AND TENSIGRITY structures.

Interior View (Image Courtesy Mr.Krishnau Chaterjee)

It has been designed as a hybrid of the two systems and was physically tested before concreting the roof. These types of structures are being made across the world with modern materials with high energy balance. Bamboo is the only Natural building material with lowest energy balance that can be used for these structures. The columns in BAMBOO SYMPHONY THOUGH LOOK HAPHAZARDLY PLACED HAVE DEFINITE POSITION, SIZE AND INCLINATIONS, i.e. are STRUCTURALLY RELEVANT, just like the highly evolved TECHNOLOGICAL LOGIC WE FIND IN NATURE!!! The ROOF WAS ALLOWED TO DEFINE ITS OWN SHAPE AS PER THE FLOW OF THE FORCES — NATURALLY, LIKE A FABRIC ASSUMING IT\’S SHAPE. THESE STRUCTURES ARE HIGHLY EFFICIENT WITH MINIMAL

Interior View (Image Courtesy Mr.Krishnau Chaterjee)

Extensive Rainwater Harvesting System with 75,000 ltrs sump.
All water bodies created from rain water collection and DEWATS water treatment.
Special water conserving installation and fixtures, recycling and treatment, treated water for flushing,
washing, gardening etc.
Natural Ventilation : 100%
Night Time Ventilation : Natural
Utilization of building mass as thermal storage as part heat strategy achieved via passive cooling.
Solar energy System : For 100% energy requirement with grid connectivity as stand by.
Day Lighting: Approximate percentage area needing artificial light during daylight hours: 0%  The Technology of construction with Bamboo is the greatest contribution the East and the South can  give to the West and the North towards our approach for Sustainable Architecture and Development.

Interior View (Image Courtesy Mr.Krishnau Chaterjee)

Interior View (Image Courtesy Mr.Krishnau Chaterjee)

Interior View (Image Courtesy Mr.Krishnau Chaterjee)

Interior View (Image Courtesy Mr.Krishnau Chaterjee)

Handcrafted interiors (Image Courtesy Mr.Krishnau Chaterjee)

Light fittings (Image Courtesy Mr.Krishnau Chaterjee)

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