flood resistant blooming bamboo home by H&P architects
flood resistant blooming bamboo home by H&P architects flood resistant blooming bamboo home by H&P architects
sep 23, 2013

flood resistant blooming bamboo home by H&P architects

flood resistant blooming bamboo home by H&P architects

all images courtesy of doan thanh ha




in a response to the often severe natural disasters in vietnam, local firm H&P architects have designed this flood resistant ‘blooming bamboo home’. each modular structure is 3.3m x 6.6m and is assembled by bolting, binding, hanging, placing the different elements. the building is strong enough to withstand a 1.5m high flood and currently, the architects are experimenting with the model to see if it can survive a 3m high flood. the interior of the building works as a multi functional space – house, educational, medical and community center are all possible options. the structure’s framework is made from small bamboo pieces, fiberboard and coconut leafs, which can be finished with cladding that suits its local climate and regional materials, offering an adaptable piece of vernacular architecture. the flexible building is able to be mass produced and can be constructed by its users in just 25 days, the design offers an affordable solution for housing. intended to be a warm shelter for people in the most severe conditions, it also engages local communities with their culture and vernacular architecture.


this project is the final realization of an earlier concept by H&P architects. see the article that designboom featured here.

night view of the bamboo structure

the bamboo building is strong enough to withstand a 1.5m high flood

built from local bamboo the design is an example of vernacular architecture from vietnam

view from the mezzanine level looking into the main living space

interior perspective of the adaptable structure

the building can be used for a number of different activities

nighttime perspective and detail of the fold down deck

the exterior deck folds down

view from the mezzanine level

open air mezzanine level

view looking upwards to the roof construction

view of the sustainably designed bamboo structure

varied interior views







project info:


architects: H&P architects
location: cau dien town, tu liem district, ha noi, vietnam
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
total floor area: 44 sqm
completion date: septempber, 2013
photographs: doan thanh ha



designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

  • very beautiful and serene. great bamboo architecture. having had experience with the material though, I would like to comment that one always tries to separate bamboo from the earth by placing it on a concrete base / plinth of at least 300mm. Bamboo tends to rot ( even if properly treated) because of humidity changes. I have also seen bamboo bridges where the bamboo pilons are subject to seasonal wet/dry conditions, but these are meant to be ‘discardable’ structures. I think as less attractive as it might have been, maybe the base and the 1.5 ‘legs’ of this beautiful project should have been made out of concrete / metal / masonry etc.

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