Skyscrapers in Hong Kong are built using bamboo scaffolding

September 26, 2011

Safety is always an issue on a construction site and as architects we have a strong awareness of it as well. Here at STG Design we tak safety seriosuly as well for all of our projects. From Mike Pennington in the Austin office sent this one from the website Today I Learned Something New The article is about bamboo being used for scaffolding Hong Kong.

Here are interesting facts about Bamboo:

Strength and Durability
Bamboo is a fascinating material due to its incredible strength, regenerative properties, and its natural aesthetic beauty. In structural engineering tests, bamboo has a higher tensile strength than many alloys of steel, and a higher compressive strength than many mixtures of concrete. It even has a higher strength to weight ratio than graphite.

Bamboo has been used as the standard building material for the majority of the world for thousands of years. There are many examples of buildings constructed entirely of bamboo, which are now several hundred years old. Due to their strength, these structures have even withstood 9.0 magnitude earthquakes.

Unlike elsewhere in the world, bamboo scaffolding is widely used in construction business in Hong Kong. The blocks are tied together with nylon straps.

In Hong Kong, skyscrapers are built using bamboo scaffolding

I am not sure how safe this practice is, but it is definitely environmentally friendly.

In Hong Kong, skyscrapers are built using bamboo scaffolding

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