This colorful lightweight structure in Vietnam is a true chameleon when it comes to function-it is used as a health station, public restroom, classroom, art performance center, meeting space and fitness center. In order to create a space that adapts to climate change and mitigates the negative effects of natural disasters, Hanoi-based H&P Architects decided to use old and broken construction materials such as scaffolding steel pipes, sheet metals, bricks, ashlars, bathroom ware, tables and chairs and, together with the locals build a multi-functional structure that can withstand heavy storms and harsh environmental conditions. Hit the jump to see how their efforts played out.
The building, called RE-Ainbow, which is coined from re-use and rainbow, is located in the Duc Tho district of Ha Tinh province, notorious for relatively frequent natural disasters and severe climate change consequences. Re-Ainbow is meant to function differently, depending on the needs of the locals, and offer content of both “static” and “dynamic” categories. The former include a health station, public restrooms and ancillary areas, while the latter refers to classrooms, art performance theaters, meeting places, sports fitness centers, refreshment tents, etc.
The entire structure was built manually in collaboration with local people. Efficient ventilation and natural lighting were incorporated into the design, and solar energy is utilized for lighting and water heating. The building also features a rainwater harvesting system.
Photos by Doan Thanh Ha