The design for the AIM 'legend of tent' competition is driven by 3 main principles: an ecological understanding of the project, a flexible structure, which can be adept to different surroundings and creating a comfortable atmosphere in a unique environment.
The design uses natural and local materials as a structural element. The focus was to create a connection which leaves no impact on the site, nor any harm on the bamboo itself, so after the temporary hotel is deconstructed, the materials can be reused as scaffolding on a construction site or reused as another temporary hotel on a different location.
The structure is inspired by the tipis of native americans, which didn't leave any harm on the site, nor on the material itself, because the joints were connected with ropes, so the tents were easy to construct, deconstruct and carried. A truly flexible system. For the structural system, a stick of bamboo gets rotated, mirrored and connected with a horizontal element, which creates the possibility to grow in height. The columns get mirrored again, which fixes the beam in their center. Depending on the height and span of the grid, the rows of columns can be doubled, which results in a very clean joint. A rope can tie the connection, so no screws or nails are used. the bamboo stays in its initial state and can be reused afterwards.
The same knots of bamboo can be added in every direction, which creates the same knot on every connection and stabilizes the whole system. A new horizontal layer can be implemented and connects the beams, which creates a base for people to use the structure. The width of the grid is 470cm with a floor to floor height of 400m. The base of the structure is elevated, so the foundation can adept to any given landscape. By adding the same joints of bamboo and connecting them with each other, we get a structural grid where triangulated pots can be implemented: Sleeping pots of different sizes, larger pots for families, connected pots for larger functions like lobby or restaurant and pots for a bathroom or toilette.
The structure is not just as an element which inhabits typical functions of a hotel and is connected to nature, but also it is an element, where nature can be implemented and after a certain time, those plants can grow take over the whole structure.
The 3rd key principles of design is to create a comfortable environment in a unique experience. Hiking through the woods, one is normally surrounded by tree trunks, lacking a sense of orientation and visibility. When we were kids, we used to experience our environment differently. We used to connect to nature in a more direct way, climbing trees, enjoying unique views and exploring a different wildlife. We were connected to our environment in a 3 dimensional way. We were one with the birds. With a flexible structural system and connected it with comfortable spaces, there is an opportunity to create a variety of buildings of different sizes. Depending on the needs, the size and amount can grow: from single rooms to a family structure, to a size of a clubhouse or even up to larger scales, which combine more functions of a typical hotel like a lobby or restaurant within one structure. All is depending on the needs and on the demands, but each building connects in a very responsible dialogue to our natural environment.