This Multipurpose Hall in Kenya is a multi-functional building designed by Nripal Adhikary and Juan Carlos Jaramillo Patino architects from INBAR- International Network for Bamboo and Rattan. The designers intended to use the project to introduce locally sourced bamboo in Kenyan construction. The structure is made of bamboo and eucalyptus, papyrus for insulation, and concrete for the foundation. Implementation involved training events for local builders that covered construction, bamboo processing and semi-processing, and bamboo resource management. The building was designed for the University of Maseno.
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Similar bamboo and rattan-based projects have been developed by INBAR.
Architects from INBAR trained local youths to build this structure. It was built with simple tools and all the materials were locally sourced. It took 25 days to complete and it uses bamboo and eucalyptus as structural elements, papyrus for insulation, and concrete for foundation.
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Bamboo, eucalyptus, papyrus, concrete
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Papyrus fiber: R34 (1/0.029)
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The building is a multi-purpose hall measuring 65m² that uses bamboo and eucalyptus as structural elements, papyrus for insulation and concrete for foundation.
The building can be maintained by local labor with bamboo construction experience.
All the components such as roofing, structure and flooring can be replaced using local materials.
If properly treated, designed and maintained, the bamboo structure can last for one hundred years.
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This project aimed to assess the potential of local bamboo resources to provide a sustainable, safe, and affordable building material in Kenya.
Vetted Performance Status
No testing has been completed.
Builders should wear appropriate protective equipment such as hardhats, gloves and safety glasses while working to protect against physical injury commonly associated with heavy construction.
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Academic Research and References
Janssen, J., 2000, Designing and building with bamboo. Technical University of Eindhoven, The Netherlands.
Janssen, J., 1988, Bamboo as an Engineering Material: An annotated Bibliography. The IDRC Bamboo and Rottan Research Network.
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Compliance with regulations
In 2004, INBAR work on bamboo construction was validated by the International Organization for Standardisation (ISO), which issued international standards ISO/DIS 22156 – bamboo: structural design (later updated to ISO 22156:2021 in 2021) and ISO/DIS22157 - Determination of physical and mechanical properties of bamboo (later updated to ISO 22157:2019 in 2019).