Shigeru Ban Architects,
Bamboo Furniture House, Beijing, China
For this house in a development outside
of Beijing, the architect chose bamboo, an
easily grown indigenous plant, to develop
new types of structural laminated lumber.
Inspired by the laminated bamboo plywood
commonly used for concrete framework, the
ﬁ rm produced a prototype lumber, working
with a local factory that laminated bamboo
strips with glue. Laminated bamboo lumber
and plywood appear throughout the house:
as a modular framing system, as beams, and
as ﬁ nishes on interior and exterior walls. e
woven assembly of the plywood imbues the
material with a deeply tactile quality.