Last year, 12 architects from all over the globe were invited to the remote village of Baoxi — in an area south of Shanghai, still untouched by China's building boom - to demonstrate the viability of bamboo construction. Bamboo, the rapidly-growing reed native to China's forests, has long been posited as building material, but this inaugural "Bamboo Bienniale" (one every two years) is perhaps the first step towards realizing its true potential. In a country choked by smog and cement, this naturally-occurring, biodegradable material could present a novel solution to urban China's notoriously polluting behavior. 

In the present, however, the Bienniale's mandate (and gorgeous mountainous setting) create some truly stunning visuals - architectural yet organic, urban but at home in the wild. See more photos of the Bienniale structures below:

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A list of all 12 architects and their structures, courtesy of our friends at designboom:

Ge Quantao (China) - bridge
George Kunihiro (USA) - existing ceramic workshop
Li Xiaodong (China) - bamboo product research and design center
Simon Velez (Colombia) - boutique hotel
Anna Heringer (Germany) - youth hostel / design hotel
Kengo Kuma (Japan) - contemporary celadon ceramic museum
Keisuke Maeda (Japan) - invited ceramist workshop
Mauricio Cardenas Laverde (Italy – Colombia) - eco-energy efficient experimental house
Suk-Hee Chun and Young-Chul Jang (Republic of Korea) - bamboo restaurant
Madhura Primatilleke (Sri Lanka) - public ceramic workshop
Vo Trong Nghia (Vietnam) - welcome center
Yang Xu (China) - art hotel

 

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