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Blossoming Bamboo Gates

The 'Blossom Gate' Looks Like a Myrtle Flower

— July 16, 2014 — Art & Design
For its inaugural project, architecture Studio Penda designed the 'Blossom Gate,' an entryway for the Chinese flower garden in Xiangyiang, Hubei. The passageway is crafted entirely out of bamboo.

Instead of a mere transitory structure, the architects wished to create an architectural landmark around which visitors could gather. Penda founders Dayong Sun and Chris Precht explain, "As a typology, the main function of a gate is a dividing one, separating the inside from the outside. On the other hand, a gate is also a connecting element, guiding people to a point where the inside and the outside get unified."

Two lengths of bamboo overlap to create the structure's form, mimicking the sweeping form of the blossoming myrtle flower, the featured flower within the garden.
Trend Themes
1. Bamboo Architecture - Using bamboo as a sustainable, eco-friendly building material offers disruptive innovation opportunities for the architecture industry.
2. Nature-inspired Design - Taking inspiration from natural forms and materials presents disruptive innovation opportunities for the design industry.
3. Landmark Structures - Designing architectural structures that serve both functional and aesthetic purposes offers disruptive innovation opportunities for the construction industry.
Industry Implications
1. Architecture - Exploring the use of sustainable, eco-friendly materials like bamboo offers disruptive innovation opportunities for the architecture industry.
2. Design - Using natural forms and materials as inspiration presents disruptive innovation opportunities for the design industry.
3. Construction - Creating architectural structures that serve both functional and aesthetic purposes offers disruptive innovation opportunities for the construction industry.
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