British architectural firm Marks Barfield, known for their treetop walkway at London's Kew Botanical gardens and Europe's first eco-mosque, have now designed a bamboo tower that hopes to become a pioneering research centre in the heart of the Amazon jungle.
Like a bamboo network, the project will also branch out, complete with six miles of treetop walkways that will allow scientists and visitors to observe the rainforest canopy from above, as unobtrusively as possible.
The ground floor will be the location of computer labs where rainforest research data can be collected and analyzed. Due to the remoteness of the location, there will be challenges in building this project in the next two years: extra care will have to be given into what is brought onto the building site, and the self-sufficiency of the project in terms of energy and construction will be a top priority.
The US $10 million project is being planned by Amazon Charitable Trust, a British conservation group, and is located in the village of Xixuau in Roraima, a remote province of northeast Brazil. Robert Pasley-Tyler, managing partner of the Amazon Charitable Trust, says that
This will be the first scientific research centre to be built in the jungle proper. It will employ the local river tribe, giving them a way of making a living without destroying the forest, and also boost awareness around the world.