10YI Tensegrity Wheelchair

Our intention was to create a lightweight wheelchair using sustainable and recyclable materials only.

Bamboo is a highly stable material and has huge tensile strength, yet through its hollowed structure it is very lightweight and flexible. As the world fastest growing plant bamboo is a truly sustainable material

Eastern cultures make use of the significant qualities of bamboo for centuries and have favored it as building material. Bamboo constructions like traditional chinese chairs are based on filed manufacturing methods that are passed down from generation to generation.
Based on these traditional manufacturing techniques we did various material experiments which ranged from splitting, cutting, sanding to bending the bamboo with heat or steam.

in contrast to present bamboo bicycle frames our ambition was to construct the wheelchair frame without any contaminated chemical resin. For that purpose we researched various academic fields and came across a principle called tensegrity or floating compression. Tensegrity is a structural method based on the use of isolated components in compression inside a net of continuous tension, a well known principle within architecture or bridge construction.

Team: Dane Smith-Horn

Special Thanks to: Alto-Tongi Design Factory, Shanghai