When you think about how much sense it makes to build structures out of bamboo – especially in places where the flexible, rapidly renewable plant thrives – we wonder why it isn’t used more often. In fact, as surprising as it is, this school in Camarines Sur is the first in the Philippines made almost fully of the flexible material. The innovative building was designed by architect Eleena Jamil of Malaysia and was the winning entry in the Millennium Schools competition organized by Illac Diaz’s MyShelter Foundation.
As you may recall in the famous fairy tale, the three little pigs build homes of straw, brick and wooden sticks to avoid having their houses being huffed and puffed and blown down by a big bad wolf. In the end, the pig with the brick house triumphs, but in real life, a new school in the Philippines (where they know quite a bit about buildings being blown down by powerful tropical winds) has done one better by utilizing a flexible, storm resistant material that is also locally grown and rapidly renewable – bamboo. Designed by architect Eleena Jamil of Malaysia as the winning entry in the Millennium Schools competition organized by Illac Diaz’s MyShelter Foundation, the structure was recently completed in Camarines Sur, and is proud to call itself the first full bamboo school in the Philippines.