Bamboo Import, in collaboration with Ballast Nedam Parking earlier this year received the order to supply the bamboo cladding for the new parking garage in The Hague. The unique design was realised by Moke Architects from Amsterdam.
The very first bamboo parking garage in the Netherlands is in the Laakhaven district of The Hague.
For the first time in history, bamboo stems have been used to clad a parking garage in the Benelux. The use of bamboo poles makes this project environmentally friendly, sustainable and innovative.
Bamboo is a giant grass and also the fastest growing plant in the world. Bamboo plantations can be selectively harvested every year without having to replant them, which makes bamboo a fantastic and sustainable alternative to tropical hardwood, for example.
Although there are more than 1575 species of bamboo worldwide, there is only one species of giant bamboo that we use for construction purposes: Guadua angustifolia. Guadua bamboo is a tropical South American species of bamboo, whose fibres have a higher tensile strength than mild steel (hence the nickname "Guadua bamboo").vegetable steel" or "strongest bamboo species in the world"). Our guadua bamboo poles are specially cut and treated to meet the strictest quality requirements.
The use of bamboo poles in modern European architecture is still very limited, partly because our building regulations do not yet provide for it. Also, the mechanical properties of bamboo are not well known, in contrast to many Asian and South American countries where bamboo is widely used. Worldwide 1 billion people live in houses made of bamboo.
One characteristic of bamboo is that the poles are hollow inside. This makes it difficult to connect the bamboo poles. In order to facilitate the installation of the bamboo poles, Bamboo Import developed special stainless steel clamps, which were already mounted on the bamboo poles.
The first phase of the bamboo parking garage in The Hague consists of 2 floors for which we 2.37 km Guadua bamboo poles. In a second phase, five more floors will be added, providing parking for about 250 cars.
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