St Val Architect weaves new possibilities

Saint-Val Laurent
22 Mar 2011

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.

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