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!
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 mans material.
BAMBOO SYMPHONY IS AN EFFORT TO REVERSE THIS TREND AND REPLACE STEEL, CONCRETE ETC WITH BAMBOO! Bamboo has brought together the so-called third world countries as equal partners in a fruitful exchange of ideas with architects of the industrialized countries. The technology of construction with bamboo could be one of the greatest contributions that the south and the eastern world can give to the architecture of the world and sustainable development. Only north-south and east-west complementarily can develop a fair and global practice of sustainable development and an appropriate and reasonable redefinition of our future.

2010

2011

MATERIAL OF CONSTRUCTION DETAILS:-
Bamboo -Crete walling system with precast wall panels.
Usage of Stabilized mud blocks from the site.
Green Shell Roof over lattice grid made of bamboo culms and supported on bamboo columns & beams.
Bamboo Reinforced Concrete with bamboo fibers for reducing the weight of the concrete.
Bamboo Flooring, Bamboo Column and beams.
Usage of Recycled materials: Fly ash, recycled wood, scraps metal, stone, and other debris.
SPECIAL FEATURES:-
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 model of SYNERGETIC AND TENSIGRITY structures. 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 ITS SHAPE. THESE STRUCTURES ARE HIGHLY EFFICIENT WITH MINIMAL ENERGY & MATERIAL USAGE .
Rainwater Harvesting System with extensive with 75,000 ltrs. Rain water harvesting sump.

All water bodies created from rain water collection.
Special water conserving installation: water conserving fixtures, recycling and treatment treated water for flushing, washing, gardening etc.
Natural Ventilation:
100%
Night Time Ventilation:
Natural
Thermal transmission of building envelope: High
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%
Development and environmental are inextricably and must be nourished by a chance in the means, the contents 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 premiers building material in the new architectural movement with sustainability and integrative approach as its two important criteria’s.

Ar.Neelam Manjunath,
Ar.Sanjita Harwalkar,
Mr.Gurudayal Saran and
Er.Anind Shaw

Bamboo Artisans :
Mr.Gopal,
Mr.Uttam,
Mr.Manju,
Mr.Natraj and
Mr.Abdul

Bamboo Symphony by Neelam Manjunath in India won the WA Award Cycle 12. Please find below the WA Award poster for this project.

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