BAMBOO HUB

«BambooHUB provides nature-based and innovative solutions for sustainable development»

WHY BAMBOO?

Bamboo is the most sustainable material on the planet thanks to its rapid growth (up to a meter per day) and enormous carbon sequestration capacity, superior to any other plant species. Its exceptional resistance, combined with flexibility, makes bamboo an excellent choice for any constructive use. Besides, every day arouses more interest among those who prefer nature-based solutions and value bamboo’s unique beauty.

In BambooHUB, we firmly believe it is the material of the future. By promoting its use, we will contribute to improving our clients’ quality of life and all citizens in general, creating healthier habitats for them.

Due to new treatment methods and the combination with engineering, more ambitious long-term projects are possible and large scale sustainable business, based on the circular economy.

 
HOW CAN BAMBOO CONTRIBUTE TO CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION?
 
Bamboos have standard photosynthetic capacities, so their main advantage for mitigating climate change lies in their fast biomass generation and renewability. As bamboo can be harvested regularly, many durable products can be created, which store carbon over several years, in addition to the carbon stored in the plant itself.
On the other hand, bamboo can replace many materials with high carbon emissions, such as PVC, steel, and concrete, also reducing pressure on the use of forest timber resources. Indeed, bamboo products can have a low or even negative carbon footprint across their lifecycle.
In conclusion, bamboo is an outstanding tool to fight global climate change and contributes to the achievement of SDGs, Agenda 2030, and the Paris Agreement.

OUR PROFILE

Based in Barcelona, BambooHUB is made up of an interdisciplinary group of professionals, dedicated to promoting the use of bamboo in all its forms, as a strategic tool for climate change mitigation.
 
We work as a network and provide our services around the world:
 
    • Architectural and interior design, temporary structures, furniture and retail
    • Consultancy for architects, engineers, and organizations, interested in using bamboo in their projects
    • Advisory for implementation, maintenance or use of bamboo crops
    • Advisory for development of industrialized bamboo products 
    • Teaching at different universities or other educational institutions, as well as thesis advisement 
    • Workshops, that include theory about bamboo as construction material and practical training 
    • Collaboration in academic research

OUR TEAM

Founder & Creative Director  
 
GRETA TRESSERRA is an architect who graduated from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) and specialized in sustainable development. She was born in Barcelona, but her curiosity to learn the best practices in sustainable habitat design led her to start an international career path in 2007, highlighting her stays in diverse places as Germany, Kenya, and Colombia.
Hand in hand with the German Cooperation Agency (GIZ), she began in 2011 using bamboo as a construction material. Since then, she has been promoting worldwide its use in all forms, both through built projects and from the academy.
Guest professor at Technische Universität-TU (Berlin), Universidad Javeriana, (Cali), Kunstuniversität (Linz), Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya-UPC, and La Salle (Barcelona); and collaborator with Form Finding Lab’s research team at Princeton University (USA). Great disseminator through conferences, and publications.
 
GRETA TRESSERRA
Project Manager
 

LUÍSA POSSOBOM is an architect specialised in bio-construction (Universidade Filadelfia and Instituto Espagnole Baubiologie). Her interest in bamboo was sparked while interning at the Urban Development Department of Londrina City Hall, in Brazil. With the use of bamboo as a bio-construction material, she found a means to improve people’s quality of life which had been negatively affected by substandard government-provided housing and materials. Luísa’s passion brought her overseas to advance her knowledge in bamboo projects that eventually led her to becoming part of BambooHUB. Here, she has developed her skills in working with bamboo structures, construction and project management.

Design & Visualization

LAYANE AL MADANI is an architecture graduate (Central Saint Martins) with a specialisation in urban resilience (Universitat Internacional de Catalunya). Her diverse international upbringing, having lived in 9 countries, showed her how different built environments can impact both social and environmental sustainability. Her interest in the relationship between the built environment, the natural environment and society inspired her research on decolonised spatial practices and vernacular materials and construction. Layane’s interdisciplinary studies lead her to BambooHUB, where she collaborates on the design of sustainable bamboo projects for more liveable cities.

Participatory Design

MARTA JIMENEZ is an architect (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya), who’s career has been developed through collaboration with different projects of participatory architecture. Since her youth, she has always been involved in projects related to social and environmental development and imagined her older self dedicated to what inspired her. To Marta, architecture is a means for social transformation and she is thrilled to have found a path where these elements unite. Thanks to these experiences, Marta was introduced to BambooHUB where she now forms part of the team and collaborates on different projects, particularly in the design and management of participatory processes.

 
 
Design & Construction Team 
 

Laura Torelló, architect (ES) · Reihaneh Mozaffari, architect (CAN/IRN) · David Schnuppern, artist (AUS) · Tim Michiels, structural engineer (BEL) · Ricardo Santacruz, architect (COL) · Gemma Milà, architect (ES) · Edwin Escobar, engineer (COL) · Karol V. Tutasaura, landscape architect (COL) · Lu Lu, structural engineer (CH) · Russell Archer,  engineer (USA) · Fatima Martín, architect (ES) · Yessica Morales, architect (VEN) · José Antonio Solano, carpenter (COL) · Miren Azcona, architect (ES) · Mohit Janekunte, student (IND) Marcel Sentís, carpenter (ES) · Lorenzo Salinas, architect (PE) · Elmer Achocalla, Carpenter (BO)