Bamboo housing project in Haiti likened to a traditional artistic object
Design studio St Val Architect has presented modest designs for a woven vertical residence in Port au Prince, Haiti. The refreshing concept is formed using the traditional art of basketry, weaving natural plant fibres from the local habitat moulded into a cocoon shape.
The practice compares the residential structure to the carving of a totem pole, noting the sacred correlation and explaining: “It’s an architecture that segments space and which translates well the transient character of these habitats.”
Plans for the structure suggest that its vertical nature will only have a minor effect on the devastated lands, and the potential to use natural and locally sourced materials is a sustainable alternative to rebuilding efforts.