Breathtaking Bamboo Building Withstands Earthquakes and Boasts a Zero-Carbon Footprint

Thailand’s eco-friendly Panyaden International School has constructed an extraordinarily impressive new sports hall on its campus. The special thing about this building is that it was built completely out of bamboo and remains naturally cool year-round in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Designed by Chiangmai Life Construction, the Bamboo Sports Hall features a modern organic design that gets inspiration from the lotus flower. The large multipurpose facility was constructed to cope with local natural forces including high-speed winds and earthquakes, and it boasts a zero-carbon footprint.

Sports Hall features a lotus-like organic shape in a nod to Panyaden International School’s use of Buddhist values in its academic curriculum. Its undulating shape also mirrors the surrounding hilly topography. Supporting the 782-square-meter open-air Sport Hall is a series of arches. And the roof is specially designed to look like three petals which are lifted up at the edge to let in natural ventilation and light.

This building can accommodate up to 300 people and includes futsal, basketball, volleyball, and badminton courts. Not just that, the building also has a stage that can be lifted automatically, and storage room for sports and drama equipment. Viewing balconies flank the sporting area and stage.

“Here we show how bamboo can create a space that is 15 meters wide and high without any steel reinforcements,” wrote the architects. “From the outside it looks like it has grown there or transformed from one of the rolling hills in the background to become a human artifice. As in fact the Panyaden International School Sports Hall is a combination of careful artistic design, beautiful detailed handicraft, and major construction.”