die bambusbauten - markus heinsdorff [to the Book]
the bamboo architecture - design with nature  

Since 1997, the architect and installation artist Markus Heinsdorff has confronted the traditional material of bamboo in his buildings. The main focus of this book is the Sino-German pavilion at Expo 2010 in Shanghai, designed by Heinsdorff.


From May to October 2010, Shanghai, the great port at the mouth of the Yangtze, is staging a world fair whose motto is “Better City, Better Life.” The Sino-German pavilion is the only bi-national building at the Expo. The innovative two-story bamboo membrane structure, dedicated to sustainable urbanization, represents a series of events titled “Germany and China in Movement Together” and consists largely of natural bamboo canes and bamboo laminates. The building was made possible by the development of new methods of joining and processing of bamboo. This is the first time that approval has been given for a complete bamboo building in China. The eco-friendly hi-tech pavilion will serve as an exhibition gallery.

With numerous illustrations and a series of detailed articles, the book documents the planning and realization of the pavilion, and reveals the ideology behind its design. Further contributions deal both with bamboo as a raw material and with bamboo as a medium for architecture and design. One chapter is devoted to other artistic buildings and walk-in installations by Markus Heinsdorff, including Skyplace, an airship built in Bali, a tree-house in the canopy of a primeval forest tree, and a re-growing dome, the latter two both in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Several prominent authors have contributed to the volume: Michael Kahn-Ackerman, Head of the Goethe Institut in China, Gottfried Knapp, a well known arts journalist, Walter Liese, Professor of wood biology and Alexander von Vegesack, Director of the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein.

Hirmer Verlag Munich, Germany
Liaoning Publishinghouse Shenyang, China
Authors: Alexander von Vegesack, Gottfried Knapp, Michael Kahn-Ackermann,  Manfred Baur, TU Darmstadt, Tongji-Universität 
Text: Edition I ENGLISH/GERMAN, Edition II ENGLISH/CHINESE, 208  Pages with num. col. Images
Hardcover, Dimensions: 30.2 x 24 cm, Euro 49.90, sFr 65.00
ISBN 978-3-7774-2791-1


Signed books can be ordered through: markus@heinsdorff.de