The name of the structure, that means “big leaf”, wants to be by itself a description of what we created. Inspired by the world of nature, we looked for the most ﬂexible and organic structures that ever stood under the sun to protect from light and rain, and to take their energy as a fundamental source, thus discovering the world of leaves. Each leaf represents by its shape the sophisticated design that plants have developed to allow the photosynthetic processes. The formal conﬁgurations that leaves can take are seemingly endless and varied, as opposed to family, shape, color and texture. Our work started by trying to ﬁgure out what kind of conﬁguration can be built up to meet the most various kinds of human needs, without forgetting that we are working for a developing country, which is Rwanda. The shape we worked on had to be very organic and essential, light and ﬂexible, and tough at the same time, so the choice to build with a versatile material taken from nature, like bamboo is, was crucial. The ﬁnal results embodies our responsible approach to the values of innovation mixed with the economy and functionality of nature.
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