H&P architects prototypes floating bamboo houses for river-bound locals in vietnam

H&P architects prototypes floating bamboo houses for river-bound locals in vietnam

‘floating bamboo house’ by H&P Architects

 

H&P Architects presents ‘Floating Bamboo House’, an architectural model for Vietnamese locals whose livelihoods are river-based, especially those in the Mekong Delta. Designed as a new type of three-compartment house, the prototype is made of solid cored bamboo (3-4.5 x 3 x 6 m) joined together with latches and ties. It is covered on the outside and partitioned on the inside with light materials — compressed weaved bamboo sheets, leaves, corrugated iron, bamboo screens, among others — and holds a large roof that collects rainwater and harnesses solar energy. The door systems open and close flexibly, adding sturdiness to the housing structure when adverse weather hits the village, while also creating an archetypical identity – ‘like flowers amidst floating waters’, shares the practice.

H&P architects prototypes floating bamboo houses for river-bound locals in vietnam
‘Floating Bamboo House’ by H&P Architects | all images © Le Minh Hoang 

 

 

a modular system that can expand into an agglomeration 

 

As its name suggests, the ‘Floating Bamboo House’ or ‘FB House’ can float on water thanks to its plastic drum systems tied to the floor beneath. At the center of it, freshwater storage and septic tanks supply the residents when needed. Structurally, the prototype’s 6×6 m floor plan is envisioned as a modular system that can extend to increase its use area. ‘When the second-floor panels are removed, the house becomes much more spacious (functioning as a communal house, a classroom, or a library, etc.), a reminiscence of the Rông house, Đình pavilion — long-lasting typical places of Vietnamese people,’ explains the H&P Architects team.

H&P architects prototypes floating bamboo houses for river-bound locals in vietnam
‘FB House 2’, a second prototype variation in Hanoi

 

 

That said, in the future, the practice hopes to see many ‘FB Houses’ grow into a peaceful, floating agglomeration of various residential groupings connected by floating playing grounds, vegetable-growing rafts, fish-raising areas, and much more. ‘Vietnam is one of the hardest-hit countries in the world by climate change. As forecast, 47 percent of the Mekong Delta area and 13 percent of the Red River Delta area will be submerged by the sea level rise of 1 meter, directly affecting 20 to 30 million people. In this context, FB House is believed to provide a useful alternative for millions of poor households as soon as possible, create a stable and safe accommodation themselves, and adapt to the worst scenario of responding to climate change,’ concludes H&P.  

H&P architects prototypes floating bamboo houses for river-bound locals in vietnam
designed as a new type of three-compartment house

 

 

testing two ‘FB House’ variations in hanoi 

 

The project in Vietnam includes two subsets of the ‘Floating Bamboo House’. The first one,‘FB House 1’, completed in June 2022, is being tested in Quoc Oai, Hanoi, and spans 36 sqm. The second variation, FB House 2′, finalized in October 2022, is set in Phu Xuyen, Hanoi, and spans a total area of 48 sqm. ‘FB House 1’ includes one shared space and one door system; its porous façades turn the structure into a glowing lantern at night, when warm lights buzz to life. Meanwhile, ‘FB House 2’, takes on a more elongated shape, topped by a proper roofing structure and punctuated by a series of openings on each side. 

H&P architects prototypes floating bamboo houses for river-bound locals in vietnam
‘FB House 2’ interiors featuring light materials

H&P architects prototypes floating bamboo houses for river-bound locals in vietnam
accommodating a two-floor system

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‘FB House 1’

H&P architects prototypes floating bamboo houses for river-bound locals in vietnam
made of solid cored bamboo joined together with latches and ties

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‘FB House 1’

H&P architects prototypes floating bamboo houses for river-bound locals in vietnam
‘FB House 2’ includes more openings

H&P architects prototypes floating bamboo houses for river-bound locals in vietnam
‘FB House’ can float on water thanks to its plastic drum systems tied to the floor beneath

H&P architects prototypes floating bamboo houses for river-bound locals in vietnam
‘FB House 1’ glowing like a lantern

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‘FB House 1’

 

 

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second floor panel
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the door systems open and close flexibly
the door systems open and close flexibly
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a large roof that collects rainwater and harnesses solar energy.
a large roof that collects rainwater and harnesses solar energy.
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a modular system that can expand into a hrouping of houses
a modular system that can expand into a hrouping of houses
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internal systems

project info:

 

name: Floating Bamboo House 

location FB House 1: Phu Cat, Quoc Oai, Hanoi, Vietnam

location FB House 2: Hong Thai, Phu Xuyen, Hanoi, Vietnam

architecture: H&P Architects | @hp_architects

team: Doan Thanh Ha, Vu Minh Dien, Pham Hong Son, Nguyen Hai Hue, Nguyen Tuan Hai, Le Duy Thanh
+ students (Duong Minh Duc, Vu Ngoc Tuan, Nguyen Hung Giang) 

architectural adviser: Dr. Nguyen Tri Thanh

sponsor FB House 1: Samsung Foundation of Culture

sponsor FB House 2: Architecture & Social Responsibility (ASR) Foundation 

total floor area FB House 1: 36 sqm

total floor area FB House 2: 48 sqm

main materials: Bamboo, compressed weaved bamboo sheets, guot grasses, reused plastic bottles 

photography: Le Minh Hoang 

completion date FB House 1: June 2022 

completion date FB House 2: October 2022 

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