The Bamboo House (1) – Bahay Kubo & Why Bamboo is Better
Welcome to a new week on Daily Dose of Art! This week I bring you “The Bamboo House”.
Having been born in the Philippines, I am quite familiar with the bamboo house or what is commonly called back home as the ‘Bahay Kubo’. Today we focus on the Bahay Kubo and we’ll also learn why bamboo is better…
Bamboo used to be called ‘the poor man’s timber’ but now more people across the globe are embracing bamboo as a wise alternative to wood as a construction material.
A Little About The BAHAY KUBO
or NIPA HUT
The nipa hut also known as bahay kubo, is an indigenous house used in the Philippines. The native house has traditionally been constructed with bamboo tied together and covered with a thatched roof using nipa/anahaw leaves.
Nipa huts were the native houses of the indigenous people of the Philippines before the Spaniards arrived. They are still used today, especially in rural areas. Different architectural designs are present among the different ethnolinguistic groups in the country, although all of them conform to being stilt houses, similar to those found in neighboring countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia, and other countries of Southeast Asia.
A famous folksong BAHAY KUBO often sung in schools which mentions a small house surrounded by vegetables. Check it out on YouTube
Bamboo Houses and the Bamboo Industry have come a long way in the Philippines. Let’s get to know the Buglas Bamboo Institute of Negros Oriental, Philippines
Why is BAMBOO better?
Info from Bamboo Living
Watch this video “10 Facts About the Wise Man’s Timber”
Read more about bamboo as a construction material on The Natural Builders
Check out some BAMBOO reference books on AMAZON