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Friday, December 04, 2020

Co-lab design office, bamboo pavilion in Tulum (Mexico)

The Mexican firm Co-Lab built this yoga pavilion in the heart of the Caribbean town Tulum’s Lúum Zama residential development, the masterplan of which is also by the practice of Joana Gomes and Joshua Beck. Taking inspiration from Félix Candela, Luum Temple – as the work is called – presents five radially arranged arches principally made of bamboo, a flexible, hurricane-resistant material, in this case sustainably farmed in the neighboring state of Chiapa. A parametric software was used for the design process. Combining technology and vernacular methods of artisanal construction, the catenary arches support each other in a structural balance and interdependence. The woven elements are composed of flat sections of bamboo bent at the site, then screwed and tied to one another. The roof is built with an outer layer of the region’s typical Zacate grass, which provides protection against rain while enabling the pavilion to breathe in the humid tropical climate.
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