Architecture firm Tran Ba Tiep tapped into the beauty and strength of bamboo to transform an abandoned site into the stunning Kim Boi Bamboo Restaurant. The 700-square-meter structure was completed this year as the crown jewel of an ecotourism project in Hoa Binh, Vietnam.
Completed in 2016, the Kim Boi Bamboo Restaurant was built on the bones of a twelve-sided concrete structure that was abandoned and left unfinished for many years due to the economic crisis. The architects worked with the existing concrete columns and beams to build a bamboo bearing structure and connected it to the foundation and existing beams with metal pipes and iron pins.
The architects selected a type of solid bamboo, known as tầm vông (iron bamboo), to build the frame and covered the roof with lightweight leaves. The finished 15-meter-tall roof takes the form of a conical hat traditionally worn by Vietnamese women and is punctuated by a skylight in the center that brings in natural light. The restaurant is kept open on all sides to bring in cooling winds and allow for landscape views.
“The project is the highlight in the ecotourism resort offering charming natural landscape in northern Vietnam,” write the architects. “The investor attaches special importance to preservation of environmental landscape, natural ecology of the region and wishes to build a resort which is typical of Vietnamese villages.”
Images by Hoang Le Photography