Location: Caribbean Islands
Program: Single Family Residence
When natural disasters strike marginal communities, quick structures are put in place to provide immediate shelter for those affected. Structures that in design are meant to be temporary, end up housing families for years in substandard conditions. These shelters often do not withstand the elements, resulting in a devastating cycle for these most vulnerable, often displaced populations. The Spirited Bamboo project not only offers a dwelling resilient to natural disasters but it also provides a framework for sustained living that addresses social, environmental and economic issues. The proposed dwelling is fabricated in its majority out of bamboo, a low cost, highly sustainable and renewable building material, widely available worldwide, lightweight, durable, flexible, easily cultivated and harvested. Its quick growth and easy handling make it an ideal material for low-cost housing.