Bamboo building withstands floods, storms in Vietnam
Photo courtesy of Inhabitat
Architecture firm RÂU ARCH recently created a thatched-roof building burrowed deep into the lush rainforests of Vietnam.
The MOOC Spring building is designed to accommodate the many visitors that come to the nearby natural springs, reports Inhabitat.
Due to the reoccurring storms and floods in the area, the architects chose to use a combination of locally-sourced stone, timber and bamboo, along with traditional building techniques in order to create a resilient structure able to withstand the harsh climate.
The building was designed as an addition for an adjacent resort and houses a restaurant and lounge area. In addition to using locally-sourced materials in its construction, the Mooc Spring building was also built using traditional methods.
The circular shape was chosen to withstand harsh winds and the building sits on a base made out of local stone. The first floor contains utility rooms as well as the kitchen and bathrooms.
The upper level, which houses the reception area and restaurant, was constructed using timber and bamboo. Although concrete pillars were used for optimal strength, they were wrapped with honey-hued nulgar bamboo for added resilience and of course, for its beautiful aesthetic.
The local material was woven throughout the building in various intricate patterns and details to create an atmosphere that would blend in with the natural surroundings. The interior space is well-lit, thanks to the large glass skylight in the thatched roof that floods the interior with natural light.
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