The First Multi Storey Bamboo HouseThe world’s first multi storey laminated bamboo house has been completed by the research team at the Oval Partnership.  The bamboo house action research project is located at the Expo INTEGER site, in Kunming, Yunnan Province, China.  The two storey structure is designed for the hilly terrain in the western part of China. The structure, the external and the internal wall panels are all made of bamboo.

The reason why bamboo is used is that it is probably the most ecological building material around, having a growth cycle of four years, and absorbs carbon dioxide in its lifetime. Bamboo can be grown almost anywhere in China. Bamboo structure is light and, as a result, more effective in resisting earthquake than heavy concrete structure.  The bamboo house can be constructed by local villagers without the need for heavy and expensive construction equipment.  The technology used in the Kunming INTEGER bamboo house is based on a rain screen system and sandwich panels which provides very high thermal insulation value. The potential of this technology is immense.  It can provide an affordable and ecological way of building for the new townships and villages in China.

The Oval Partnership carries out this action research and technology transfer project with the scientists and engineers from the local academic institutions, including the Kunming University of Science and Technology. 


Yunnan Horti-Expo Xing Yun Real Estate Co Ltd

Design team:

Chris Law, Patrick Bruce, Sada Lam, Lin Hao, Peaker Chu

Project partners:

M & E Consultant: Hyder Consulting Limited
Structural Engineer: P.Y. Leung & Associates Ltd

Other Consultants: SWA Group
Daniel Chan & Associates Ltd.