Pórtico Palmeto Building / TACO taller de arquitectura contextual. Image © Leo Espinosa

Pórtico Palmeto Building / TACO taller de arquitectura contextual. Image © Leo Espinosa

Mexico is a country known globally for its traditional and contemporary architectural elements. The construction techniques characteristic of each region and the use of materials according to thermic, economic, or aesthetic needs result in unique spaces.

Bamboo as a constructive or decorative element, coating, facade, or roof has proven its superiority over materials such as plastic and steel.

While it is true that research on this material has advanced significantly in recent years, we know that there is still much to learn. Many architects are seeking knowledge from the past to apply to their current techniques. Below, we’ve selected a list of 8 Mexican projects that explore the use of bamboo in the hands of architects and artisans.

Rural House in Puebla / Comunal Taller de Arquitectura


Rural House in Puebla / Comunal Taller de Arquitectura. Image © Onnis Luque

Rural House in Puebla / Comunal Taller de Arquitectura. Image © Onnis Luque

Tosepan Kaufen Community Coffee Shop / Proyecto cafeína + Komoni


Cafetería Rural Comunitaria Tosepan Kajfen / Proyecto cafeína + Komoni. Image © Patrick López

Cafetería Rural Comunitaria Tosepan Kajfen / Proyecto cafeína + Komoni. Image © Patrick López

Grow Your House / Lucila Aguilar Arquitectos


Grow Your House / Lucila Aguilar Arquitectos. Image © Lucila Aguilar

Grow Your House / Lucila Aguilar Arquitectos. Image © Lucila Aguilar

La Ceiba / Lucila Aguilar Arquitectos


La Ceiba / Lucila Aguilar Arquitectos. Image © Lucila Aguilar

La Ceiba / Lucila Aguilar Arquitectos. Image © Lucila Aguilar

Pórtico Palmeto Building / TACO taller de arquitectura contextual


Pórtico Palmeto Building / TACO taller de arquitectura contextual. Image © Leo Espinosa

Pórtico Palmeto Building / TACO taller de arquitectura contextual. Image © Leo Espinosa

Sport City Oaxaca / Rootstudio + Arquitectos Artesanos


Sport City Oaxaca / Rootstudio + Arquitectos Artesanos. Image © Angel Ivan Valdivia Salazar

Sport City Oaxaca / Rootstudio + Arquitectos Artesanos. Image © Angel Ivan Valdivia Salazar

In 4 Days, 100 Volunteers Used Mud and Reeds To Build This Community Center in Mexico


In 4 Days, 100 Volunteers Used Mud and Reeds To Build This Community Center in Mexico. Image © Pedro Bravo, Sofía Hernández, Francisco Martínez

In 4 Days, 100 Volunteers Used Mud and Reeds To Build This Community Center in Mexico. Image © Pedro Bravo, Sofía Hernández, Francisco Martínez

INFOSISMO San Juan Pilcaya Community Center / Alumnos y Profesores del Taller de Proyectos VI Otoño 2017 de la Universidad Ibero Puebla


INFOSISMO Centro Comunitario San Juan Pilcaya / Alumnos y Profesores del Taller de Proyectos VI Otoño 2017 de la Universidad Ibero Puebla. Image © Luis Moctezuma

INFOSISMO Centro Comunitario San Juan Pilcaya / Alumnos y Profesores del Taller de Proyectos VI Otoño 2017 de la Universidad Ibero Puebla. Image © Luis Moctezuma

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