China-based Tokamarch Architects have proposed a bamboo skyscraper to accommodate the Chinese population's housing needs. The firm's proposal mimics traditional Dai homes, made of local materials such as bamboo and wood, in a vertical setting.
JingHong, which means “‘the City of Dawn,” is the center of politics, economics and culture in the XiShuangBanNa region of China.
"XiShuangBanNa still keeps rich local customs and unique natural environmental characteristics," the architects write in the project description. "The 'Dai' bamboo house is made up of local materials such as woods and bamboos. It is also open and lightly blended within the natural surroundings. As a result, the relationship between human and nature is in harmony and coexistence."
Bamboo fencing and indigenous plants, which form the tower's façade, shield inhabitants, contribute to a pleasant micro-climate and provide protection against both sun and wind, the designers say. Public courtyards and aerial gardens create a community environment in the building.