Penda are a passionate Architecture & Design Firm that are driven by 'creativity, innovation & tradition'. They are based in both Vienna & Beijing and are motivated to 'develop innovative, ecological & elegant solutions' to their projects. This is quite evident in the design they submitted for the AIM 'legend of tent competition, 'One with the Birds'. The competition is driven by '3 main principles: an ecological understanding of the project, a flexible structure, which can adapt to different surroundings and creating a comfortable atmosphere in a unique environment.'
Local materials were used for the structural element. The focus on the project was not to create a negative impact on the site and also to not damage or mark any of the bamboo itself, so when the temporary structure is deconstructed the bamboo can be reused again for another temporary hotel on another site. They have managed to create a truly flexible system just like the tipis of the native americans. Where joints are connected with ropes making it easy to construct and deconstruct.
The driving idea behind Penda's proposal is to create the 'feeling of leaving city-life behind and getting connected to nature and experiencing our natural environment'. They have truly achieved this , in a way I think this would fulfil quite a few childhood fantasies of being at one with the birds, trees and all in nature. The tree house of tree houses!!