The award-winning ZCB Bamboo Pavilion is a public event space built for the Construction Industry Council’s Zero Carbon Building (ZCB) in the summer of 2015 in Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong. It is a four-storey long-span bending-active bamboo grid shell structure with a footprint of approximately 350m² and a seating capacity of 200 people.

It is built from 475 large bamboo poles that are bent onsite to shape the structure and that are hand-tied together with metal wire using techniques based on Cantonese bamboo scaffolding craftsmanship. The shape is a large diagrid shell structure that is folded down into three hollow columns. These columns rest on three circular concrete footings. A tailor-made white tensile fabric is stretched over the structure and is brightly lit from inside the three legs.

The project is the outcome of the concerted efforts of the Construction Industry Council (CIC), The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and different contractors. It was designed by a research team led by Prof. Kristof Crolla at CUHK School of Architecture. The research investigates how computational design tools can be strategically inserted into existing construction methods to allow for a more engaging and innovative architectural outcome.

The ZCB Bamboo Pavilion showcases this and illustrates how the endangered craftsmanship of bamboo scaffolding construction in Hong Kong can be expanded through the introduction of digital form-finding and real-time physics simulation tools.

The ZCB Bamboo Pavilion promotes innovative and ecological architectural design to the broader public and design community. It will be used to host exhibitions, performances and events that advocate low carbon living, construction, and development. By promoting sustainable, light-weight building methods for large span architecture, the project seeks ways for traditional Cantonese craftsmanship to evolve for the 21st century.

Project Details

Designer: CUHK Research Team led by Prof. Kristof Crolla
Location: Zero Carbon Building, Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong
Client: Construction Industry Council (CIC)
Completed: 2015
Design: 2015

Scope of Work

  • Design Review & Modification
  • Material Selection
  • Treatment Protocol
  • Construction Strategy
  • Construction Training
  • Site Preparation
  • Construction Supervision
  • Site Inspections
  • Quality Control
  • Coordination with Other Construction Contractors


ZCB Bamboo Pavilion Construction Process

Vinc Math works with the School of Architecture from The Chinese University of Hong Kong and local bamboo scaffolders to build a 4-story bamboo pavilion in Hong Kong.