low cost bamboo housing in vietnam by H&P architects
low cost bamboo housing in vietnam by H&P architects low cost bamboo housing in vietnam by H&P architects
apr 08, 2013

low cost bamboo housing in vietnam by H&P architects

vietnamese low cost housing by H&P architectssix member family



developed by vietnamese H&P architects, the low-cost housing project is situated in a flood-stricken region that receives extreme temperatures year-round. meeting the basic residential needs of a residential dwelling, the building will be assembled using minimal components and bamboo module units. secured using anchors, ties and solid connections, the structure will be strong enough to float in floods. built with local materials such as bamboo, leaves and recycled oil containers, the concept combines traditional architectural characteristics to distinguish the exterior fabric. costing just under 2000USD per unit, the plan allows for mass-production, and the ability for villagers to build themselves.



eight member family








eight member family diagram



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6 member family






project details

architects: h&p architects location: middle of vietnam
architect in charge: doan thanh ha & tran ngoc phuong
team: dang xuan hoa, tran ngoc thach, nguyen xuan tungcompletion date (phase 1): mar. 2011
completion date (phase 2): mar. 2013
status: under construction (testing)



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  • That’s amazing work…

    jAyajade says:
  • Congratulations with a pleasant design and an exceptional presentation

    www.illem says:
  • Gr8 designcongrats.keep it up

    kkshah says:
  • simply awesome!!

    amar says:
  • beautiful design and a community spirit

    kzin says:
  • Great! Would probably also work well in places like Haiti with a risk of earthquakes.

    Oscar says:
  • Likes!

    Titi says:
  • Hi I am Ali from Iran and wanted to say thank you for taking an extremely useful material, especially the use of square Pallets.thank you very mach

    mohammadali says:
  • this looks like a brilliant project. i hope we are kept informed on the
    results from flooding and wind force tests.
    what is the unit of the unit-price?
    great idea!

    michael snoek says:
  • Awesome……

    Khalid Mussa Mtoni says:
  • I would like to see this physically built before we start calling it brilliant. Where’s a prototype? All these renderings are pointless.

    Desk says:
  • Good effort!
    But Layout can be improved..
    Kitchen and toilet are too near for comfort…

    Mass says:
  • Amazing work!
    I’m eager to see the real architecture…

    qsdmao1107 says:
  • A very well done heartfelt design. A successful combination of objectivity and subjectivity

    Fred A. Saas, architect says:
  • Just simply brilliant. Ingenious, beautiful, inventively resourceful, and classic. Would love to see these designs adapted for broad use wherever humans live. Many many thanks!

    mkc says:
  • One word for this project – Respect.

    MDP says:

    vishal gulati says:
  • Great Concept………

    would be better if it stands in reality….

    renU says:
  • Good concep and what it cost to build it up and it is termite resistance

    anant krishan says:
  • great idea, great concept.
    if it realized, it will be an effectife solution

    Jhody says:
  • Great for the tropics, especially with the monsoonal seasons. Good cross ventilation, although I query the waste water tank system in the wet season, would hate to see that fail during a bad flood. That said, I especially love the green wall and use of bamboo, great use of reticulation and means of holding plants.

    Mr Green says:
  • yes vietnam is a leader in the modul concept of bamboo housing…thanks that the resource is full integrated in the economy!

    klaus says:
  • Umm, there is a long, long tradition of building houses in Vietnam and elsewhere that are already perfectly adapted to their climate and available materials. How is this design an advancement over indigenous methods? I guess the ability to float is sort of unique, but the risk of damage remains, and the general idea of many traditional styles of housing is simply that they are simple to build, therefore simple to rebuild. This design starts to get fiddley and gimmicky pretty quickly. That said, I do think the attempt to integrate water treatment systems is important, not enough info to see if the proposed design would work, be suitable, or not.

    DoubtingThomas says:
  • Dear Sir,

    Great Work, but is this house suitable for INDIA climate?

    wonderful work sir

    Jegadeesan G says:
  • Hello,
    thank you Mr DoubtingThomas for some constructive critics! Finally some thinking!
    “fiddley and gimmicky” is the perfect words for explaining that this project might be low-cost for us readers here and the coceptor behind her/his desk but probably not for the people it is meant for! Why so much complication? I doubt that the people needing this kind of housing are interested in it and rather go for techniques time has approved! A floating house … revolutionary in a flood-stricken region … don’t think so! … Research!
    -bathroom with wc
    -wastewater tank
    -water for gardening
    discharged to…
    -filtertank for rain water
    -rain watrer cleaned and returned to the environment
    -one way valve
    -waste water tank

    and seriously! the vertical garden!!!

    duck says:
  • That is one amazing design incorporating all basic comforts climatically.Hats of to the designers.I have a doubt regarding the footing of the pipes in account with the given details.During the extreme condition of flood won’t the soil get soggy and hence affect the stability of the pole footing.Is the lvl of flood water constant to a maximum? If the water floods higher than the pole the structure will be set loose. If the structure is loose off the anchoring pole then there are chances of it to topple down or is the base with the tank is much heavier than the rest?

    Shariga says:
  • hypothetically the design is awesome
    but how they react to the natural forces of currents during a flood?
    is it predictable??

    sasikumar says:
  • The idea is good but i dont consider cheap a “homelees house”( based on your analisis of why you are doing this), the fact that you are usisng steel., second in places like these, you need to know how the material work, so your 10 cm bamboo i believe is too thin.plus when bamboo once cutted gets contact with water it it more propense to a patology of construction such as mold, good thinking about the oil tanks. i live in ecuador a zone full of bamboo ( caña guadua) also had work with the material plenty times

    hugo lascano says:
  • Felicidades ! Es un gran diseño, pensado para un propósito social. Podria ser un tipo para otras latitudes con problemas similares.


    Gabriel Garibay says:
  • i think you should find a piece of bamboo and play a little with it, try to cut it, make some joints…and you will be ashamed of what you are proposing…

    Norov says:
  • Aesthetically pleasing design. However, the movable panels on all sides and top will be vulnerable to water intrusion during tropical rains. This house would not be tight.

    Pat Flannagan says:
  • Genius concept!
    And beautifully designed all around, despite using humble & recycled materials (not so common). A special kudo for the hanging vegetal wall decor, providing added moisture/insulation and a great look.

    Please update as feasibility studies progress

    Farangset says:
  • Love it…

    I just happen to have a backyard full of bamboo.

    Thanks for the design and inspiration

    Mark says:
  • stackable, shipable

    p says:
  • excellent….

    jehuleon says:
  • To all the naysayers and people suggesting the architects should do research on indigenous housing: Did you READ the architects’ names before posting? They all seem to be Vietnamese – so I’d give them a bit more credit on things like knowing how thick a bamboo support should be and how indigenous houses in Vietnam are constructed…as well as the effect of strong winds/floods on houses.

    Read says:
  • I’ll use this idea to build a small room on the roof for myself.

    hamid says:
  • it’s beautiful, but in any moment the bamboo can’t touch the ground or be exposed to water because it’ll deteriorate

    maria paula says:
  • Beautifully resolved solution utilizing the various qualities of bamboo to its fullest extent and having lived in the tropics and understanding the importance of breezes and shade this would be really liveable.

    Philip Read says:
  • Wonderful , I will ask my flat builder for this.

    Rob says:
  • This is incredible. The U.S. has a staggering homeless population. This could be adapted for smaller shelter that is sustainable and cheap for transitional populations.


    Wanda says:
  • this is niice except one lacking.. a speed motor like a generator motor and a wheel that controls the wing under the motor. so when it floods and starts running around the water surface it can be controlled and move some place else coz these bamboos’ could only let the house float but if another bamboo house starts bumping another bamboo house or let’s just say a floating car starts bumping the bamboo house then it’s tragic trouble coz the anchor wouldn’t do anything once the big waves of the flood or tsunami starts moving the surface…

    SUGGESTION says:
  • Awesome & Great Design for Simple, Functional, Low Cost & Super Friendly to the Environment!

    Kate says:
  • Shut up, and take my money!

    seryn says:
  • nice concept but how do you ascertain that the bamboo supports will not rot during flooding? Or when it is in contact with soil for that matter? Or do you plan to replace the the supports regularly?

    jeff says:
  • In simple words “GREAT WORK”…

    B.P.S Pathania says:
  • great material,resilient,light, flexible,strong, a hardware shop complete

    leonard dieckmann says:
  • Nice! We are considering simple, cool, moveable housing where we can guard our crops against monkeys. Thanks for all the ideas!

    Polly says:
  • Plug up the holes at the end of the bamboo. Those could turn into great spaces for nasty insects and wildlife to inhabit.

    Very cool.

    J.E. McKenzie says:
  • What a beautiful bamboo house. May i know what is a good bamboo preservation technique so this house would last? This is really a cool design.

    Ben says:

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