State of the art: Aachen/Germany, 05.06.2003
After one year development, we present a bamboo space frame with a new bamboo connection developed by us. The construction is a tetrahedron and with it the minute-possible demonstration of a 3-dimensional structure.

Linear grown bamboo is suitable for the reception of pressure and tensile forces ideally. Up to now, it neither was possible to realize complicated geometries, still it wasn't possible to take advantage of the high tensile strength of bamboo.

Now we solved these problems. The bamboo rods prefabricated by us with their connections meet in a knot, at which they are simply screwed on. At laboratory examinations about the tensile strength, we could prove, that our connection can use the full tensile strength of bamboo tubes.

Our students of architecture have designed bamboo space frame structures. Please have a look at the designs!

The simplicity of the assembly and the capability of our connection technology offers completely new perspectives and up to now undreamt-of possibilities for building with bamboo.

The tetrahedron made by the bamboo course in summer term 2003.

Another perspective of the structure.

Christoph Tönges is checking the leight-weight construction.

Dr.-Ing. Evelin Rottke and Thomas Wuttke are using the tetrahedron as a seesaw.

The tensile strength of the connection technology was tested at the Institute of Building Materials Research.

A modern wood construction, now we can do this with bamboo.
Study, Designer: Nicola Bogatzki und Ralf Herkrath

Material and technical support
Institute of Building Materials Research, University Aachen
Institut für Textiltechnik, University Aachen
GmbH & Co KG,
Schrauben Frank, Aachen
GmbH & Co KG,
Bad Säckingen