Sunflower Tower in Costa Rica
©2007 Akio HIZUME
Centro de Bambu
Puerto Escondido, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica
I could not keep up the pace because it was very hot every day.
I suppose we might extract sugar from the Costa Rican bamboo like sugarcane.
The melina tree is actively cultivated in Costa Rica as plantation. It grows only for 15 years.
All five posts were founded. The posts did not make regular pentagon. The position was decided by the same principle as the upper structure of Girasol Torre.
Completion of the roof structure!
I decided to choose the mod 8 (Fibonacci Number) spiral curves on the roof skeleton for covering roof with palm leaves.
The center heavy weight should be suspended from the top.
It makes the whole structure stable like Japanese traditional wooden five-storied pagoda.
It was my first attempt.
Of course I didn't know if it should work or not.
It was successful.
I never used any metal material.
This is a genuine sustainable architecture.
We barbecued beef, banana, tortilla and boiled yucca (cassava) inside the Girasol Torre.
It was fun. I also ate excellent "ceviche" in this party, which is a marine of raw whitefish.
I also instruct Japanese traditional knot technique called "OTOKO-MUSUBI" and "NAN-KIN-MUSUBI" to Mr. Conception and Mr. Johnny.
This knot technique might also be used by workmans in Costa Rica in the future.
I became a Costa Rican guy.
Steven Bell (N.P.O. Friends of the Osa)
Alfredo Quintero (N.P.O. Friends of the Osa)
Concepcion Lopez Diaz
Dennis Vasquez (N.P.O. Friends of the Osa)
Gioconda Jimenez (N.P.O. Friends of the Osa)
Assist and Photograph