Nobody understands bamboo better than Vo Trong Nghia Architects, who designed this gorgeous open air cafe at the Kontum Indochine Hotel in central Viet Nam. Comprised of 15 conical pillars covered with a bamboo roof, the cafe is a cool and contemporary retreat from the din of city life.
The conical pillars are made with bamboo that was first soaked in mud, smoke-dried, and then joined using rattan fiber and bamboo nails. Not an ounce of steel was used to support the structure, which was prefabricated off-site to minimize waste, and the natural material is so perfect for Viet Nam’s muggy climate that the designers didn’t have to install air-conditioning to keep hotel and banquet guests cool.
Functioning like a forest canopy with plenty of natural light filtered through the plastic panels, the bamboo overhang also generates plenty of shade. This combined with the nearby shallow pools creates a cool microclimate that is comfortable year-round. And lastly, bridges across the pools allow for a total of three access points to the dining room, which serves breakfast, dinner and tea. If you love this, check out some of Vo Trong Nghia’s other bamboo projects.