Up-cycling shipping containers / porta cabins– an interesting and sustainable alternative

Re-used and up-cycled shipping containers are a surprisingly environmentally and budget-friendly option when designing and building a new residence. In the Netherlands, England and US this is trending, in LA and London you can find stylish complexes of container houses and in Amsterdam there’s a real student village consisting of 1000 shipping containers. More

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Garden Room – a solution for informal care

Bamboo Groove believes that in the near future local communities, cooperatives and networks will increasingly be formed. In these communities people are working and living together, using and strengthening different talents and expertise. Besides that they will also be creating and increasing an affectionate and safe community where people care for one another.

One of our designs, the Garden Room, fits this philosophy. A practical and spacious little house, easy to fit in your garden and pretty much complete to be used as a guesthouse. An ideal solution for people who care for a needy friend or family member. As a caregiver you are always nearby, caring is made easier, more flexible and less time-consuming. Besides that, you and your friend or family member maintain valuable privacy.

The fully insulated garden houses are habitable the whole year and can be delivered with all kind of options, like a green package, green roof and solar panels, a complete bathroom and a central heating system. The self bearing structure is made out of recycled steel. The outside cladding is high pressed bamboo sheet material. Flooring and interior element designs are also made of bamboo.
All together a sustainable design that provides a natural and elegant appearance.

For more information about the garden houses, click here or fill out our contact form. We will gladly assist you.

Since November 1, 2014, it is possible to build more without a license. Using a garden house for informal care is therefore easier to arrange. Read about it here.


Sustainability and beauty combined – the strength of bamboo

Bamboo Groove operates from the point of view that local communities, cooperatives and networks will increasingly be formed. New technological developments enable, within those communities, manufacturing unique products at a local scale. In this, durability is a key element, in a technological way, in a social way and by using sustainable components and materials. Durability contributes to the long-term value.

Once moved to Costa Rica, Erwin Schuster, founder of Bamboo Groove, came in contact with bamboo and the various possibilities of bamboo using it for the construction of furniture, interior design and even houses. At that time, aspects like the environment and renewable energy already had his interest. Bamboo proved to be a sustainable alternative for wood and, in some cases even for steel.


Bamboo is a type of grass, a renewable resource that naturally grows again if harvested. Bamboo grows faster than wood, some species even up till 35 meters in only five years, and it converts 30% more CO² in oxygen.

Erwin started experimenting with different bamboo species. He preferably uses bamboo in its original form as a bamboo stick or stem. But, also high pressed bamboo offers a lot of opportunities, especially for interior design and components of houses.


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Interconnectedness with the community– Cruquius Gilde

Bamboo Groove designs, manufactures and builds in connectedness with the local community. We believe that in the near future people instead of the system, will be more and more the point of focus and so local communities, cooperatives and networks will increasingly be formed. We also believe in the strength of these communities, looking for talent and expertise nearby, working and living together.

Our products are therefore made in Amsterdam on a sustainable and local basis, in-house and in cooperation with Cruquius Gilde, a guild where local knowledge, expertise and production resources are shared. The cooperation offers opportunities to expand and develop the thoughts and ideas of Bamboo Groove in other areas. In that context, Cruquius Gilde operates, like Bamboo Groove, according to the following three principles.

Three principles

At first Cruquius Gilde is a creative production company in which artists, designers, furniture makers, craft professionals, volunteers and students from the immediate area are active.
They have access to a large production hall with various machines and eleven smaller studios where guild members work together on various projects and activities.

Cruquius Gilde also focuses on chances and opportunities for young, ambitious and artistic talents and organizes activities to guide them towards the big and adult world. They give young talents a second chance if they missed, for whatever reason, some essential education. So, specific projects are arranged for students or dropouts from the local high school to offer them work experience and internships.

Last but not least, the big hall is an ideal location for social and cultural activities like workshops (for example Bamboestiek: building with bamboo), music, theater, film (Bike in Cinema) and dance. Especially at weekends activities are programmed. People from the neighborhood come to these social, cultural and joyful gatherings to engage activities with one another.

All together, the Cruquius Gilde contributes to the local community in a technological, an artistic and a social way. Arts and crafts, talent development, social and cultural gathering, all key elements to working and living together.

Members of Cruquius Gilde

Are you curious about the members of the guild? Please visit the website and meet them!