Students "reinvigorate" traditional bamboo weaving with digital technologies for Sun Room pavilion

Architecture students from the University of Hong Kong created this woven bamboo shelter for farmers in China’s Fujian province by combining age-old weaving techniques with digital design methodologies.

Due to its complexity and reliance on skilled labour, the art of bamboo weaving is in steep decline in the region. Students from the University of Hong Kong (HKU) worked with local craftspeople and the last remaining bamboo weaver in the village of Peitian to create the Sun Room pavilion, aiming to revive the construction method.

The structure is located in a new passion fruit plantation, 2.4 kilometres from the centre of the ancient village.

The shelter’s concept derived from a desire to regenerate the area’s tea houses, which are used as resting spots for farmers working on the surrounding land and to provide shelter from storms in rainy seasons, or from the sun during the hottest part of the day.

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