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Unique Prefabricated Bamboo Cafe from Vo Trong Nghia Architects

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Working with local contractor Wind and Water House, the always original Vo Trong Nghia Architects have just completed an elegant cafe of bamboo in Kontum, Vietnam.

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The cafe is part of a hotel complex, offering a relaxing change of pace for hotel guests by creating the feeling of a bamboo forest shelter.

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Siting in the open air cafe, visitors enjoy the nearby view across the water towards the mountains.

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Sited on a shallow artificial lake near Dakbla River in Kontum City, it is designed to offer a semi-outdoor banquet hall for wedding ceremonies.

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The construction is determined by the material characteristics of bamboo.

Unlike timber or steel buildings, bamboo construction cannot be nailed.

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To achieve the consistency and accuracy needed,  the columns were prefabricated offsite before their erection in a unique construction.

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But traditional treatment methods were also used by soaking the bamboo in mud to pretreat it, and using low-tech joint ratten-tying bamboo construction.

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The roof was supported by the 15 bamboo columns, creating an open structure which maximises the wind flow into the building during the summer, while resisting harsh winds during the stormy season.

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The challenge of the project was to create a distinctive space unique to the unique characteristics of bamboo.

This the 4th work we’ve covered from the talented and imaginative Vo Trong Nghia Architects, after a slick white square house with a breathable green wall, and a bamboo and steel girders house for slum dwellers.

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