H&P Architects designed this bamboo restroom covered in foliage for a school in rural Vietnam. "Toigetation" was built for a poor community in the Son Lap Commune in northern Cao Bang Province, and it provided a low-cost solution that could be quickly and easily constructed and transported across the country.
According to H&P Architects, Toigetation was inspired by “the iconic image of a large tree with wide canopy giving shade for the space below and within.” It sits near the school at the foot of Phja Da mountain, on a sloping plot that was previously leveled.
The interior comprises concrete washbasins made from reused pipes and urinals attached to the opposite side of the brick wall. Two toilets and showers have brick walls, which support the building’s bamboo framework. The bamboo poles in turn support the galvanized metal roof, and horizontal poles filled with soil provide ballast. Plants cover the entire structure and provide privacy for the users. Rainwater is collected and filtered before use, while dirty water goes through a clarifying tank before being used for watering plants on the adjacent hillside.
Photos by Doan Thanh Ha