Vo Trong Nghia, Nguyen Tat Dat
To Quang Cam, Thomas Boerendonk
VTN Architects (Vo Trong Nghia Architects)
La Biennale di Venezia
1-10: Inexhibit; 11-14: Francesco Galli (Courtesy: La Biennale di Venezia); 15-17: Arch. Sabin Prodan
Bamboo Stalactite is a community space formed by an elegant shelter made out of bamboo.
It is an open free space, shared to all experience. In the context of local culture, free space should be a space that is easy to realize. This is characterized by low construction and production cost.
Hence, Bamboo Stalactite was built purely out of bamboos. With its distinctive flexible structure, bamboo allows VTN Architects to realize this project with a limited workforce. With the help of architectural professionals and students involved in the project, only eight Vietnamese specialized bamboo builders were needed for the construction. The porous façade allows for a unique experience of nature, with dim sun rays and sea breezes flowing through the structure.
The pavilion comprises 11 modules, each was shaped by the connection of two hyperbolic shell structures. The bamboo beams for the structure were prefabricated in Vietnam.
Despite its small size, Bamboo Stalactite had become a certain special place for the people of Venice. Since the idea of the design was to stand out of its context, the bamboo structure could be placed anywhere in the city, as well as other urban and rural areas. Being easily transported, the pavilion could be a space in museums, schools, or anywhere connected with natural surroundings.
The potential is limitless, and this limitless potential is what VTN Architects want to offer with Bamboo Stalactite.