Gallery: 15 Conical Bamboo Pillars Hold Up Gorgeous Open Air Cafe in Vi...

Natural light filters through plastic panels meshed with the bamboo

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.

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  1. sailendra March 13, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    Interesting.! I want to learn detail of construction, how to get it?

  2. Samuel Robertson January 21, 2014 at 12:12 am

    Bamboo is ephemeral though… what is it, a beautiful ten years before this rots? I would gladly rebuild it though!

  3. Sampat August 21, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Bamboo has been the greatest and most designer friendly construction material ever found in abundance. Young architects should make it a pledge to promote bamboos in urban designs for a greater good.

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