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Building with Nature’s Strong Point

Bamboo is an essential ingredient for traditional Vietnamese architecture. It grows locally, very flexible and surprisingly, as strong as steel.

Bamboos are some of the fastest-growing plants in the world and are of notable economic and cultural significance particularly around Asia, and it is widely used as a as a food source, medicine and textiles, as well as architecture.

Vietnamese Restaurant is Entirely Built From Bamboo

Image source: www.votrongnghia.com

One breathtaking example, built entirely from the fast-growing grass is a restaurant called Bamboo Wing. Situated in the province of Vinh Phuc, near Hanoi, Vietnam, it showcases the majestic work by Vietnamese bamboo masters Vo Trong Nghia providing a gorgeous place for having a meal surrounded by luscious nature.

The building elegantly combines handcrafting skills with local sustainable materials creating a mysterious environment that is surrounded by crystalline water.

To enter Bamboo Wing customers have to walk through a series of stepping-stones that seems to float on the water. Living bamboo canes come out from the water as hint of anticipation of the magnificent restaurant’s architecture made from the grassy plant.

Vietnamese Restaurant is Entirely Built From Bamboo

Image source: www.votrongnghia.com

Inside, the restaurant is cool, open and airy. It is shaped like a bird’s wings, hence the name. This aerodynamic shape gives the restaurant its special character and also captures the wind coming inside the building, minimizing the need for air conditioner.

Sculptural bamboo columns support the angled roof exposing the natural material’s flexibility, versatility and strength. Vo Trong Nghia architects work bamboo to perfection and they have created a streamlined eco-friendly shelter that seems to be in perfect harmony with its surroundings.

Vietnamese Restaurant is Entirely Built From Bamboo

Image source: www.votrongnghia.com

Inspired by nature, the aim of the project was to study the use of bamboo and the potential that it can have. It uses bamboo not only as a finishing material but also as a structural one, setting an example of a building that uses no steel or other man-made materials to hold it up.

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