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

The conical pillars were prefabricated off-site to minimize waste and for quality control

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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