at Pyramid Valley International, Bangalore
A proposal to build a foot-over bamboo bridge spanning a valley in a campus of Pyramid Valley International Center at Bangalore, gave us an opportunity to build a really large-span structure and push the structural potential of bamboo as a building material a step further, as we understood it.
What probably was the most important feature of this work is that it was a team effort that made this project a real possibility. The design evolved with the artisan team leading the way, and developing the initial form, details etc.
The project brought with it a sense of thrill, excitement and a great deal of anxiety too, for the Wonder Grass team. This structure was for us fulfillment of a long cherished dream to build large span structures using bamboo as principal material for construction, a demonstration and show-case of structural potential of bamboo to people at large.
This was a time filled with lots of excitement, hard-work, experimentation, tight-schedules, glitches in delivery from vendors, failures of the structural members in loading tests, refining and redesigning the elements etc etc.