Green Ladder by Vo Trong Nghia Architects, bamboo architecture by Vo Trong Nghia Architects, Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Fugitive Structures by Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation

The Green Ladder is the fourth iteration of SCAF’s Fugitive Structures, an annual architectural pavilion series. Vo Trong Nghia Architects’ 2016 bamboo pavilion is the first work by an Asian firm to be featured in the Fugitive Structures series. Made primarily of bamboo poles with a steel foundation, the grid-like pavilion is highly porous, offering multiple entry points and views of the sky through a clear acrylic ceiling. Beautiful bunches of bougainvillea punctuate the structure and are grown in wooden pots in bamboo matting.

Green Ladder by Vo Trong Nghia Architects, bamboo architecture by Vo Trong Nghia Architects, Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Fugitive Structures by Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation

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“I want to bring nature back to the city,” Vo says. “In Ho Chi Minh City, the population has reached nearly 10 million with only 5.35km2 of green space – only 0.25% of the entire city. Vietnam’s unrestricted economic development has devastated the natural environment across the country. This is the problem architects need to solve.” The bamboo used in Green Ladder was cured in natural waterways and with fire smoke. The pavilion will stay on view in Brisbane until May 15, 2016, after which it will be relocated to SCAF’s courtyard in Paddington, Sydney in June 2016.

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