Student Name: Mia Straka
Name of Project: Cabin in South Africa
Bamboo U Course Attended: The Online Bamboo Model Making Course
Year, Month attended Bamboo U: June 2021
Country: New Zealand
Hi my name is Mia Straka and I am a 3D artist, primarily in the medium of contemporary jewellery with side steps into sculptural, installation and interactive art projects. I joined Bamboo U Online to gain knowledge about working with bamboo as a material from inspiring and innovative designers, architects, artists and makers.
The Online Bamboo Model Making Course provided excellent instructional videos and a user friendly interface to interact with our knowledgeable course leader. We received individual feedback to help us develop our models including structural and design advice. I also really enjoyed the zoom meetings featuring a variety of industry experts and connecting with others on the course from around the world interested in working with bamboo.
I couldn’t have envisaged creating the model I made during the course without the input, knowledge and support offered. The course enabled me to investigate the properties of bamboo, design a structure with these inherent characteristics in mind and realise a construction model bringing my idea to life.
My Bamboo Building Concept
During the course I designed a glamping cabin in South Africa. Each cabin is approximately 5 metres circumference interior floor area on the lower level, 3 metre circumference upper deck x 5.8 metres high.
The idea of the cabin was to create simple strong and replicable structures that can be built on site. It had to be suitable for the challenging climate as well as offer a unique accommodation experience for discerning guests. The curved structure I designed is inspired by the special geological features surrounding the site and traditional local rondavels. The double level is intended to create a cosy haven as well as a soaring experience for viewing the grand natural surrounds.
A 3D artist, primarily in the medium of contemporary jewelry with side steps into sculptural, installation, and interactive art projects.
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