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featured in sb magazine 4/2023
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Bamboo playground in Yangon 

published in sb magazine 4/2023

Yangon‘s cityscape is characterised by a mixture of British colonial architecture, mo­d­ern skyscrapers and gilded Buddhist pagodas. The bamboo playground of the French International School of Yangon is a jungle-like play area occupying 666 m². Architecture studio Blue Temple has conceived a micro-narrative as a series of imagination-fuelled, self-directed games in a kind of parkour. The games give the children the freedom to explore a multitude of ways of engagement.

Bamboo Infinity Preview

Photo: Nyan Zay Htet

Blue Temple Infinity

Photo: Nyan Zay Htet

Among all the existing bamboo species accessible on the local market, tiny bamboo represents an untapped, abundant and cost-effective resource. Utilising this resource to build structures can reduce the cost of a single unit to that of a smartphone. The structure was built in collaboration with the local community.

Three different bamboo species were used: Dendrocalamus giganteus for the frames, bundles of Oxytenanthera albocia­liata Munro for the curved elements, and Thyrsostachys siamensis for the bracing and roof beams.

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Blue Temple Infinity

Photo: Nyan Zay Htet

Yangon, Myanmar 

Client / operator
Lycée Français International 
Joseph Kessel (LFIR)

Architect & principal designer
Raphaël Ascoli 
Blue Temple, Yangon, Myanmar

Raphaël Ascoli

Nyan Zay Htet

Official opening

Construction costs
USD 5.500
(EUR 5.000)

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