Penda's Rising Canes Structure Has a Modular-Friendly Construction

By: Rahul Kalvapalle - Oct 7, 2015
References: home-of-penda & gizmag
The Rising Canes pavilion is only the latest architectural project from Penda that appears to promote the use of bamboo as a more widely used construction material. The Chinese architecture and design collective produced this striking structure to mark Beijing Design Week. Comprising a prototype bamboo framework, this particular structure is envisioned by Penda to act as a basis for modular housing systems that could become more commonplace in the not too distant future.

Remarkably, construction of the Rising Canes pavilion did not require any screws, nails or glue but was secured largely with ropes, meaning that it can very easily be dismantled and recycled if required. Measuring 4.40 meters wide and 3.80 meters high, the pavilion's floor is raised slightly off the ground while 200 bamboo canes were used in its build.

With modular housing set to be more popular, Penda thinks that more widespread use of bamboo in construction only makes good sense.