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Photo: Julien Lanoo

The three building from outside - photos: Julien Lanoo

Inner views - photos: Julien Lanoo

Weaving the external bamboo cages - photo: Jenny JI

Render of the three buildings by night


The three buildings' elevations

Internal elevation

Energy concept

Construction - photo: Jenny JI

Sections of the two hostels

Construction - photo: Jenny JI

Construction - photo: Jenny JI

Construction - photo: Jenny JI

Three Hostels in Baoxi, a village in China

The three hostels - the dragon, the nightigale and the peacock - aim to show a quite radical example of building simple yet poetic and humane in a way that it pushes the skills of local craftsmen onto a new level and leaves the biggest part of the profit with the community. 
The clients and initiators of this project as well as my aim is to proof that we can create safe, beautiful and humane architecture with natural building materials, in this case particulary with bamboo. 

With our planet`s limited resources it is not possible to build for seven billion people safe and good houses in steel and concrete only. The use of natural building materials is vital in order to enable a sustainable and fair development. Natural materials such as bamboo and mud often have a bad image. We need pilot projects like the one in the Bamboo Biennale to proof the excellent structural quality as well as their beauty and uniqueness in order to anchor them in contemporary architecture. Using non standardized, natural, local building materials will lead to more diversity in urban and rural regions, will enrich the culture of China`s contemporary architecture and preserve our planet`s ecosystem. 

Concept and design: Anna Heringer 

Team Studio Anna Heringer:  
Stefano Mori, Karolina Switzer, Wayne Switzer, Yu Xi, Timur Ersen 
Consultant in earthen structures and over all concept: Martin Rauch 
Consultant in bamboo structures: Emmanuel Heringer 
Consultant in heating system: Harald Mueller, Franz Petermann 
Consultant in energy system: Prof. Klaus Daniels 

Start of Design: March 2013 Completion: September 2016