We've been following the amazing work of bamboo masters Vo Trong Nghia Architects for a while now, and we are delighted to hear about their new bamboo domes in Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh's Diamond Island Community Hall will consist of eight huge domes, two of which are currently being built. Blending traditional folk art and modern sustainable architecture, these structures will shelter different community events and a restaurant.
Standing in an artificial islet in the east of the city, the Diamond Island Community Hall will consist of eight 80-ft wide bamboo domes. These cozy cocoons will serve as flexible spaces for holding conferences, meetings, children’s activities and other events, as well as a community restaurant. Set to be completed in October, the community center will bring people together under one sustainable roof.
The spectacular bamboo domes are made from a woven lattice made up of clusters of bamboo stalks, making a sturdy yet flexible structure. But the architects are not scared, as they have widely explored the potential of the natural building material. Vo Trong Nghia believes that bamboo will soon replace other building materials, and that it is “the green steel of the 21st century.” What do you think?
Photos by Hiroyuki Oki