VTN architects' bamboo ceremonial domes under construction in vietnam

VTN architects' bamboo ceremonial domes under construction in vietnam


taking advantage of the abundance of bamboo located in the vietnamese highlands, the ‘son la ceremonial dome’ is currently undergoing construction near son la city. once completed, the rural site will be see a trio of schemes including a hospital complex, restaurant and the ceremonial hall all designed by VTN architects.

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the scheme features five dome structures rising at different heights to echo the mountain line behind. VTN architects translated bamboo techniques taken from traditional basket weaving into the constructing of the domed structures. all of the roofs use a double-layered system which is padded with thatch and underneath, each will serve a specific purpose including a café, foyer attached to the ceremonial hall and a multipurpose hall.




the open-nature of each structure adapts to the tropical climate of the area and inside, a circular skylight tops the domed ceilings to invite natural light and natural ventilation into the spaces which is scheduled to be full completed in the course of 2017.

the building is designed to create a new amenity space for increasing guests beside the ceremonial hall

a skylight at the tip allows sunlight to enter

the domes are completed at different heights to mimic the mountain line behind

rose and plum garden surrounds the domes

a total of five domes will be organized next to each other, the son la restaurant (left end) was the first project of the
site that used bamboo for the main structure



project info:



architect firm: VTN architects (vo trong nghia architects)
principal architect: vo trong nghia
design team: nguyen duc trung
status: under construction
program: community hall
location: son la city, vietnam
client: tien doan trading co.ltd
gfa: 1,000 m2
bamboo construction: VTN architects (vo trong nghia architects)







  • Nice. ..but why are a bunch of caucasians used as the models?


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