Gallery: Coconut-Shaped Bamboo Dome Built Without a Single Nail

From far away, the picture above might look like a fuzzy coconut sticking out of the water, but upon closer inspection, you'll see that it's actually a massive building made almost entirely of bamboo and other natural materials. Designed and constructed by
Bamboo building virtuoso Vo Trong Nghia designed and constructed the gorgeous bamboo Water and Wind Cafe in the Binh Duong province of Vietnam. Not only does the domed structure the versatility and strength of bamboo, which is a rapid-growing renewable material, it was also built without the use of even one nail!

We’ve seen other bamboo buildings before but what makes Nghia’s stand out is the dynamic domed shapes he is able to achieve with the material – especially without the use of modern machinery or metal structures. In fact, every bit of bamboo in the design was woven together using traditional Vietnamese weaving techniques.

The cafe’s frame measures 30 feet high and features an opening at the very top of the dome that allows daylight to stream inside. Like many other Vietnamese structures, it is covered in a local bush plant, which evokes an African-esque aesthetic. And contrary to what you might think about building with natural, local materials, the end result is not “homemade” looking at all and is actually rather streamlined and majestic.

+ Vo Trong Nghia

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  1. Brandon Kline September 5, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    @ericadavid, It tells you in the first paragraph.

  2. ericadavid December 8, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    Where is this amazing structure?

  3. Recycled Suitcases Used... December 8, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    […] provides views of the city, while contemporary guest rooms and conference areas have views of bamboo garden […]

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