In collaboration with COHED, the Center for Community Health and Development, 1+1>2 International Architecture JSC developed the Bottle Seedling House, a multipurpose shelter for a rural community affected by HIV/AIDS. The project aims to improve the quality of both agriculture practices and community connections by helping people with HIV/AIDS to socially reintegrate.
The site of the project, in the Do Son District of Hai Phong, Vietnam, is located next to a sea dyke, with an average of 12 typhoons each year. Due to this, the bottle house was designed to respond to natural disasters while protecting seedlings. Positioned at the foot of the dyke – where it receives maximum shelter from the wind, the shelter rests on a concrete pipe foundation, buried deep underground, which enhances cross bracing for the structure’s bamboo frame.
Covering an area of only 16m2, the structure is composed of a sustainable bamboo frame, an a roof made of 3000 plastic bottles. The work protects about 10,000 tomato seedlings seeds per season and provides a place for farmers to rest and relax. Additionally,it serves as a gathering space for students to enjoy after-school activities.
Images via Vu Xuan Son
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