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Vo Trong Nghia impresses with beautiful bamboo pavilions

Vo Trong Nghia impresses with ...
The Diamond Island Community Center project was completed earlier this year
The Diamond Island Community Center project was completed earlier this year
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The Diamond Island Community Center project comprises two large domes and six smaller pavilions
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The Diamond Island Community Center project comprises two large domes and six smaller pavilions
The Diamond Island Community Center is located on a small island on the Saigon River in Ho Chi Minh City
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The Diamond Island Community Center is located on a small island on the Saigon River in Ho Chi Minh City
The two larger pavilions comprise intricately woven bamboo structures rising to a height of 12.5 m (41 ft) and 24 m (78.7 ft) in diameter
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The two larger pavilions comprise intricately woven bamboo structures rising to a height of 12.5 m (41 ft) and 24 m (78.7 ft) in diameter
The Diamond Island Community Center serves a group of condos
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The Diamond Island Community Center serves a group of condos
The double-layered dome structures are topped by an outer layer of thatching, which provides protection from sun and rain
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The double-layered dome structures are topped by an outer layer of thatching, which provides protection from sun and rain
The two larger pavilions comprise intricately woven bamboo structures rising to a height of 12.5 m (41 ft) and 24 m (78.7 ft) in diameter
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The two larger pavilions comprise intricately woven bamboo structures rising to a height of 12.5 m (41 ft) and 24 m (78.7 ft) in diameter
The Diamond Island Community Center project was completed earlier this year
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The Diamond Island Community Center project was completed earlier this year
The two larger pavilions comprise intricately woven bamboo structures
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The two larger pavilions comprise intricately woven bamboo structures
The detailing is beautiful and shows just how impressive traditional forms of bamboo architecture can still be
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The detailing is beautiful and shows just how impressive traditional forms of bamboo architecture can still be
Vo Trong Nghia reports that the oculus in the roof ensures that no artificial lighting is required during daylight hours
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Vo Trong Nghia reports that the oculus in the roof ensures that no artificial lighting is required during daylight hours
The smaller pavilions were constructed using 12 prefabricated modules to increase efficiency
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The smaller pavilions were constructed using 12 prefabricated modules to increase efficiency
Architectural drawing of the Diamond Island Community Center
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Architectural drawing of the Diamond Island Community Center
Architectural drawing of the Diamond Island Community Center
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Architectural drawing of the Diamond Island Community Center
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Projects like the Blooming Bamboo and Bamboo Micro House prove that bamboo can be a very useful building material. The Diamond Island Community Center by Vietnam's Vo Trong Nghia Architects offers a reminder that in the right hands it can be beautiful, too.

Located on a small island on the Saigon River in Ho Chi Minh City, the Diamond Island Community Center project serves a group of condos, and comprises two large domes and six smaller pavilions. One structure is a reception while the rest are used for parties and conferences and the like. They will be outfitted as restaurants in the future.

The two large pavilions comprise intricately woven bamboo structures rising to a height of 12.5 m (41 ft) and 24 m (78.7 ft) in diameter. Drawing inspiration from traditional Vietnamese bamboo baskets used to carry fowl, the double-layered dome structures were woven on-site and are topped by an outer layer of thatching, which provides protection from sun and rain. The smaller pavilions were constructed using 12 prefabricated modules.

Vo Trong Nghia – the firm also responsible for the sub-US$4,000 S House and House for Trees projects – reports that the oculus provides ample natural lighting during daylight hours, and that it helps to keep the interior cool by allowing rising hot air to escape.

"Despite the application of several traditional construction methods, the project's aim is not to reproduce the vernacular, but to create sustainable architecture suited to the present," says Vo Trong Nghia. "In order to do this, systematization of production and construction of bamboo architecture is essential and, as a result, the project is a fusion of traditional folk art and contemporary architecture."

The Diamond Island Community Center project was completed earlier this year.

Source: Vo Trong Nghia via Arch Daily

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