Exactly 15 years after starting up in 2007, CRU! Architects has moved into its new office building. Always welcome to visit us at Druifstraat 51A in Ghent.
CRU! Architects is currently working on new entrance buildings for the Zoo Planckendael, including the ticket booths, gift shop, toilets, office space and a 25m high bamboo tower.
Sven Mouton has successfully obtained his doctoral degree on 13th December 2021 at the Faculty of Engineering Science, Department Architecture of the KU Leuven. The PhD is titled ´Evaluation framework for sustainable, innovative low cost building prototypes with bamboo`. Especial thanks to Prof. Karen Allacker, Em. Prof. Han Verschure and Em. Prof. Khosrow Ghavami for being the (co-)promotor and their unwavering support. Also thanks to Gunter Pauli, Pablo van der Lugt, Griet Verbeeck and Mieke Vandenbroucke for being in the jury.
A project created by Thomas De Maeyer (Statues of Nature) and the artist Koen Van Mechelen. CRU! Architects is responible for the 3D rendering, architeture permits and the technical outlay.
The design was set out to demonstrate the strength of bamboo by increasing the weight on the slab, inherently the force exerted on the bamboo geometry increases in sixfold because of the pulleys. The bamboo installation was exhibited at Palazzo Mora organized by the European Cultural Centre (ECC). The 17th International Architecture Exhibition ran from 22 May to 21 November 2021 in Venice, Italy.
A project in collaboration with Gunter Pauli of the Blue Economy and Master L. Liu of Bamboola Taiwan. The latter built a scale-model of the Bamboo Pod. Take a look to see what Blue Economy Technologies are implemented in the design.