The Pani Community Center Features a Bamboo Bike Workshop

By: Rebecca Byers - Feb 17, 2015
References: schilderscholte & dezeen
The Pani Community Center in Rajarhat, northeast of Bangladesh, is a bamboo-covered complex featuring a school, bamboo bicycle workshop, rooftop meeting place and store. The Pani Community Center was a project of Schilder Scholte Architecture of Rotterdam and locally sourced all handmade bricks, mango wood and local mortar used in building the complex.

The center is painted a vibrant yellow that is said to be an homage to the mustard plant that grows in the region, while some of the interior is painted light blue, a hue that biomimicry specialists say repels flies.

The three buildings and courtyard of the complex, commissioned by not-for-profit organization Pani, are covered by panels of recycled corrugated steel that are supported by thick bamboo canes that reflect the environment.