35 years ago, Simon discovered a construction technique that allowed him to use bamboo as ‘vegetal steel’ that involves injecting cement mortar in bamboo. Based on his belief that architecture needs to become more natural or “vegetarian”, Simon uses bamboo as well as other materials for his projects, with the firm exception of plastics, asbestos cement and drywall.
Vélez has designed and constructed over 200 buildings in Germany, France, USA, Brazil, Mexico, China, Jamaica, Colombia, Panama, Ecuador, and India, using that philosophy. Some of his notable works include the bamboo pavilion in Expo Hannover (2000), the Nomadic Museum in Zocalo Square in Mexico City for the photograher, Gregory Colbert (2008) and the Crosswaters Ecolodge in the forests of Nankun Shan Reserve (Guangzhou, China 2003).
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