Thursday, July 28, 2011

Bamboo Architecture and BIM

Modelling bamboo structure with architectural BIM (Building Information Modeling, as evolved from CAD/CAM) software such as ArchiCAD is beneficial both for study as well as for an actual design process. Definitely, it helps to understand the geometry of a complex structural system while coping with necessary technical drawing requirements.

OBI Hall by Andry Widyowijatnoko (left), Crosswater Bridge by Simón Vélez (right)

Matina Bridge (left), and Matina Shelter (right)

"Bamboo Pole" is a GDL Object specially handwritten for bamboo structural design and architecture that will run on ArchiCAD 13 or above. It's here for you to the pole to go to download site. Enjoy!

(Title: Bamboo Pole/version: ArchiCAD 13/Localization: International /Description: Bamboo pole straight or curved with four optional curve geometry and optional node visibility/Size: 4.82 KB/Filetype:.gsm compressed in .zip)
at filedropper (left) or 4shared (right)

...with thanks to David Nicholson-Cole.

PS: if object unavailable due to file hosting maintenance please find Bamboo Pole on ArchiCAD-Talk  section GDL Object Repository entry date 07/2011:


  1. This is truly amazing. Great work both architecturally and scripting that object.

  2. Agreed with Willard above on both counts.
    Question - how do you make the bamboo pole straight in archicad?
    Would have loved something like this in my bamboo project 'antillean gothic'


  3. Awesome! thanks a lot for this gift! its incredible!


    >> about bamboo farming in the philippines..

  5. Hi, does he forgive I do not find the Gdl of the bamboo pole, you might hang the link? again and are there tutorials of this? it is for my university work, regards

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