VTN architects (formerly vo trong nghia architects) have released images of their ‘castaway island resort’ project which is currently under construction on the island of hai phong in vietnam. only reachable by boat, the tropical and off-the-beaten track location is an unspoilt backdrop for the series of five huts, a restaurant and a pavilion.

all images © vo trong nghia architects (VTN architects)



a completion date for the VTN architects-designed resort is scheduled for summer 2017 and once finished, the private beach will offer the experience of immersing guests in island life. the use of bamboo is demonstrated through the thatched, curving roof constructed from ‘tam vong’ bamboo. using traditional vietnamese methods such as soaking the bamboo in mud and then being smoked, this thin construction material only measures at 40-50mm in diameter and is tied together with rope. each of the 13 bamboo shell units are composed of 80 straight bamboos, creating an undulating and rhythmical roof landscape.

the location is on the lan ha gulf in hai phong, vietnam



despite the isolated location, the island is seen by the frequent boats cruising past each day. the recycled timber shutters will be used for the huts’ façade –a nod to colonial huts in vietnam– and in turn, the resort will form a new landmark along the beach. further along, bamboo is continued in the structure of the hyperbolic-paraboloid shell belonging to the restaurant. this indoor-outdoor space offers an area to enjoy the ocean and interaction with guests. these large structures are being assembled from the ground up and in location to increase efficiency and improve workmanship.

the completion date for the island resort is scheduled for middle of 2017

VTN architects’ signature use of bamboo is a fitting style for the isolated island location

once completed, the resort will accommodate up to 160 guests

the thin bamboo used (tam vong), measures only 40-50 mm in diameter and is assembled by bamboo dowel nail

the resort consists of five huts, a restaurant and a pavilion, which are designed to immerse the guests in nature

the semi-open nature frames views of the ocean

recycled timber shutters which are typically used in traditional vietnamese colonial villas, form the huts’ façade

the restaurant

visualization of the resort one it opens



project info:




name: castaway island resort
architect firm: vo trong nghia architects (VTN architects)
principal architects: vo trong nghia, takashi niwa
design team: nguyen duc trung, nguyen minh khuong
status: under construction
program: resort
location: lan ha gulf, cat ba, hai phong, vietnam
client: tung long trade joint stock company
gfa: 1,100 m2
bamboo construction: vo trong nghia architects (VTN architects)
courtesy of image: vo trong nghia architects (VTN architects)








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