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September 22, 2013
Bamboo: It's beautiful, it's sustainable, and it's versatile. What's not to love? Here we take a look at seven examples of architects, homeowners, and landscape architects that have used this magnificent material in lovely and unique ways.
The six-by-six-foot shower boasts a hardwood-slatted deck, which allows water to seep into a concrete pan that empties into the main drainage system. The cage of bamboo poles provides the requisite privacy to the bather.

AN INNO-NATIVE APPROACH

This six-by-six-foot shower boasts a hardwood-slatted deck, which allows water to seep into a concrete pan that empties into the main drainage system. The cage of bamboo poles provides the requisite privacy to the bather.

Photo by Dook.

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Modern bamboo-clad farmhouse with solar panels

PASSIVE PROGRESSIVE

Among the first Passive Houses in France, this bamboo-clad farmhouse by the Parisian firm Karawitz Architecture brings a bit of green to tiny Bessancourt.

photos by: Nicholas Calcott

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Catovic Hughes’s design for the Morelands is all about embracing the outdoors. Rick spends as much time on the patio as he can. The undulation of the aluminum cladding makes a regular, rhythmic backdrop for the yards-high bamboo he lovingly tends.

SOUTHERN GREENS

A change of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, neighborhood for Rick and Susan Moreland meant a chance to create a thoroughly modern house that owes its sleek, sustainable form to its vernacular roots. Rick spends as much time on the patio as he can. The undulation of the aluminum cladding makes a regular, rhythmic backdrop for the yards-high bamboo he lovingly tends.

Photo by João Canziani.

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Since the hotel starts higher up in the hotel, the approach at street-level is understated, with just a small entry lobby tucked into a corner of the highrise footprint. Fu's inspiration for the hotel was a "modern-Oriental residence, designed with respec

HONG KONG'S UPPER HOUSE HOTEL

Since the hotel starts higher up in the hotel, the approach at street-level is understated, with just a small entry lobby tucked into a corner of the highrise footprint. Fu's inspiration for the hotel was a "modern-Oriental residence, designed with respect to balanced geometry and symmetry." Thirteen-foot-high textured nickel doors, bracketed by reflecting pools, swing open to reveal a circular bamboo screen that Fu calls "the Lantern."

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STOKED TO SOAK

Compelling custom solutions to off-the-shelf problems are often hard to come by. For their design of an ipe-clad hot tub, The American Society of Landscape Architects gave Lord and Wyllie's firm, Surfacedesign, a Residential Design Honor Award. The landscape architects expanded an existing stone patio to include a bamboo grove, a boxwood hedge, and the ipe-and-steel hot tub.

Photo by Jeremy Harris.

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<p>Raising the ceiling height in the kitchen meant that Willmer was also able to create a clerestory window (top left) that lets in western light in the evenings. Beyond the custom bamboo cabinets are stairs to the ground floor as well as half bathroom.<b

PARK STREET RENOVATION

Raising the ceiling height in the kitchen meant that Willmer was also able to create a clerestory window (top left) that lets in western light in the evenings. Beyond the custom bamboo cabinets are stairs to the ground floor as well as half bathroom.

Photo by Ken Gutmaker

Originally appeared in Park Street Renovation
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In lieu of a checkerboard effect, Kovel kept his carpet squares all vibrantly verdant. With the bamboo cabinets and countertops the whole space has a pastoral feel. “I wanted it to be like the Bradys’ backyard,” he says.

WESTENDERS

In lieu of a checkerboard effect, the homeowner kept his carpet squares all vibrantly verdant. With the bamboo cabinets and countertops the whole space has a pastoral feel. “I wanted it to be like the Bradys’ backyard,” he says.

Photo by John Clark

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The six-by-six-foot shower boasts a hardwood-slatted deck, which allows water to seep into a concrete pan that empties into the main drainage system. The cage of bamboo poles provides the requisite privacy to the bather.

AN INNO-NATIVE APPROACH

This six-by-six-foot shower boasts a hardwood-slatted deck, which allows water to seep into a concrete pan that empties into the main drainage system. The cage of bamboo poles provides the requisite privacy to the bather.

Photo by Dook.

Photo by Dook.

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