Bamboo is proving to be a great addition to the sustainable architecture arsenal and this tree house design, developed by the collective Penda of Beijing proves it yet again. The treehouse design was created for the AIM Legend of Tent competition. In the event that the design does end up being constructed, it could well become one of the most eco-friendly hotels out there.
The Penda treehouse is made up of several interconnecting grids constructed of bamboo sticks tied together, which measure 15.4 x 13 feet. The sticks of bamboo are tied together with rope, so there are no nails or screws used in the construction. The interconnected grids could easily be expanded horizontally or vertically, while there is enough room for several modules to be placed within the framework. Penda’s design proposal includes several modules, such as a 129 square foot single tent, a 215 square foot toilet, a 1,076 square foot lobby, and a two story, 662 square foot “presidential” tent.
The designers drew inspiration from the Native American tipi, and created a plan for a re-usable and adaptable structure, which causes no permanent damage to the site where it’s built, even after it is dismantled. In fact, after being demolished, the bamboo could be used as scaffolding or to build another, similar structure, making this treehouse hotel almost completely recyclable.
Since the structure is still in the concept phase, it’s not yet clear how the amenities, such as running water and electricity would be provided. But it is easy to envision this hotel functioning completely off-the-grid. This could easily be achieved by installing a solar power array or some wind turbines for electricity generation. Water could be made available via a rainwater catchment system and a grey water treatment system, and composting toilets could be installed to make this hotel a truly sustainable structure. Bringing the inhabitants back to nature is, after all, the whole aim of this design.