Building a Bamboo Tea Pavillion
Meet Dinithi Iddawela, an architect from Sri Lanka as she shares her journey designing a prospective bamboo project for a tea estate during a Bamboo U online course.
Student Project: Building a Bamboo Tea Pavillion
Student Name: Dinithi Iddawela
Name of Project: Tea Pavilion Retreat
Bamboo U Course Title Attended: Bamboo U Online Immersion
Year/ Month attended Bamboo U: 2021 August
Country: Sri Lanka
Work/ University: Architect
My name is Dinithi Iddawela. I am an architect from Sri Lanka. I currently reside in Spain yet despite the distance, I am maintaining a small practice in Sri Lanka. I also teach part time at IE School of Architecture and Design here in Spain. Over the years, I have been making a conscious effort to steer my practice towards low impact sustainable architecture. I am also a part of volunteer projects in both Spain and Sri Lanka that attempt to reduce pollution and tackle the ever-increasing burden of trash through river cleanups, awareness programs, and an on-campus composting project. All these efforts combined made the Bamboo U course the perfect next step to broaden my horizon towards more low-impact solutions.
Although I had worked on a very small bamboo project in the past, there was much to be learnt and understood about this material. In many ways, the course has been a revelation and the knowledge gained on bamboo construction will be vital to my work going forward. My hope is that I can contribute to the rise of bamboo architecture in Sri Lanka. Being a tropical island, and with bamboo in abundance, bamboo architecture is a most obvious solution towards sustainable construction in my country.
Dinithi Iddawela is an architect from Sri Lanka. She currently resides in Spain. Despite the distance, she is maintaining a small practice in Sri Lanka. She also teaches part-time at IE School of Architecture and Design here in Spain.
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