Blooming Bamboo Home, Vietnam / H&P Architects

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Blooming Bamboo Home, Vietnam / H&P Architects
Click image to enlarge // Photo © Doan Thanh Ha

In Vietnam, the natural phenomena are severe and various: storm, flood, sweeping floods, landslides, drought, etc… The damage every year, which is considerable compared to the world scale, takes away about 500 persons and 1.2%-GDP-equally assets and reduces the involved areas’ development.

One solution to houses and homes for millions of these people is the goal of this BB (Blooming Bamboo) home.

From the bamboo module of 8-10cm & 4-5cm diameter and 3.3m or 6.6 length, each house is simply assembled with bolting, binding, hanging, placing… This pulled monolithic architecture is strong enough to suffer from phenomena like 1.5m-high flood. Currently, H&P Architects is experimenting the model to suffer 3m-high flood. The space is multifunctional such as House, Educational, Medical and Community Center and can be spreaded if necessary.

From the fixed frame using 8-10cm bamboo, the house cover can be finished according to its local climate and regional materials (4-5cm small bamboo, bamboo wattle, fiberboard, coconut leaf…) in order to create vernacular architecture.

The users can build the house by themselves in 25 days. Besides, it can be mass produced with modules and the total cost of the house is only 2500$. Therefore, the house can warm people in the most severe conditions and help them control activities in the future, also remarkably contribute to ecological development as well as economic stabilization. This will give conditions for self-control process and create connection between vernacular culture and architecture.

Project Details:
Location: Cau Dien Town, Tu Liem District, Ha Noi, Vietnam
Type: Residential Houses
Total Floor Area: 44 sqm
Completion date: Sep. 2013
Architects: H&P Architects
Architect In Charge: Doan Thanh Ha & Tran Ngoc Phuong
Team: Chu Kim Thinh, Erimescu Patricia, Nguyen Van Manh, Nguyen Khanh Hoa, Nguyen Quynh Trang, Tran Quoc Thang, Pham Hong Son, Hoang Dinh Toan, Pham Quang Thang, Nguyen Hai Hue, Nguyen Khac Phuoc
Contractor: H&P Architects
Photographs: Doan Thanh Ha

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