Bamboo

  • ​​Balinese architecture firm Ibuku continues to build out its impressive portfolio of incredible bamboo hotels, with the completion of a new riverside retreat near Ubud. Named River Bend, it appears like a pair of golden snails tucked in alongside a winding river.
  • ​A group of green motoring enthusiasts in the Phillipines has built a neat little electric motorcycle to demonstrate what can be done with bamboo. The Green Falcon won't break any speed records, but its marine-lacquered bamboo bodywork is highly sustainable and very cool.
  • Foster + Partners recently unveiled its latest Apple store. Located in Macau, China, the building is intended to resemble an oversized paper lantern and features an upper facade made from a "first-of-its-kind" glass/stone composite that the firm likens to stained glass.
  • Exotic hardwoods are getting harder to come by and tighter tonewood regulations are having an impact on guitar making. France's Alquier Guitars is going all out for its Cosmic builds, turning away from tropical wood, making use of sustainable bamboo and breaking out titanium hardware.​
  • ​Back when we visited the North American Handmade Bicycle Show in 2015, Lance Rake showed us an e-bike he made from a blend of woven bamboo, carbon fiber and balsa wood. At this year's show, he was back with a bamboo bike that's designed to be easy for Indian entrepreneurs to build.
  • Throughout the year, we've chased down the most interesting, innovative and sustainable buildings around the globe. Whether a Lego-shaped visitor's center, a bamboo sports hall, or a pair of "dancing" skyscrapers, each represents architectural excellence. Read on for our best buildings of 2017.
  • Some impressive examples of bamboo construction can be found in the Asian tropics, including the latest handiwork of Chiangmai Life Architects which has used the sustainable and cheap material to craft a school sports hall in the mountains of Thailand.
  • ​Bamboo is one of the world's strongest natural materials, and it also grows at a rate of up to three feet (0.9 m) a day, making it a much more sustainable resource than wood. Now, engineers at the Ford Motor Company are looking at using it to make car parts.
  • ​Bamboo is widely considered sustainable and eco-friendly. It's been used to build everything from shelters to bike frames to guitars, but Canada's Tri-Art Audio is aiming straight for the green vinyl lover's listening room with a bamboo turntable called the Sprout TA-0.5.​
  • If they had electric bicycles on The Flintstones, is this what they'd look like? Actually, though, the e-bike you see here is a bamboo-framed prototype developed by Calfee Design. What's more, you may soon be able to buy one for yourself. Yabba-dabba-doo!
  • The team behind the Green Village has been bending bamboo into spectacular luxury villas in the Balinese jungle for years, so New Atlas ventured into the island's heartland to see how the pioneering architects at Ibuku are changing perceptions of this wildly abundant material.
  • Bamboo-framed bikes certainly have an "organic" look, although some people might find it a little too Gilligan's Island-esque. That's why a team at England's Bamboo Bicycle Club has created what is claimed to be the world's first Aero Bamboo Bike.​