located in a highland area of vietnam, so la city is now home to VTN architects‘ bamboo-clad ceremony dome. as a part of the hospital complex designed by VTN — son la restaurant and a ceremonial hall — this building is designed to create a new amenity space for adaption of increasing guests beside the ceremonial hall. the site itself is surrounded by mountains and dense vegetation near the city center.


the pure bamboo structure is inspired by a traditional bamboo basket

 

 

since bamboo is a familiar material for the local ethnic culture and easy to collect, VTN architects‘ project is made up of five dome structures aiming to create another landmark. the skyline created by the varying heights of the domes takes inspiration from the surrounding mountain line, harmoniously blending in with its natural form.


the domes have double layered structure with a roof made of thatch

 

 

the largest dome, measuring 15.6 meters-high, is designed for a cafe space while two 12.5 meters height domes (227 sqm each) and two 10.5 meters height domes will be used as foyer and lounge for the ceremonial halls to welcome the guests. these areas are multipurpose spaces for the local society to cerebrate an outdoor event such as parties and ceremonies.


the trees rise above the domes, creating a nice and shady environment


a waterfall and a stream between the ceremonial halls and domes create a soothing and relaxing sound


the site itself is surrounded by mountains and dense vegetation near the city center


VTN architects’ project is made up of five dome structures aiming to create another cultural landmark 


the domes are multipurpose spaces for the local society to cerebrate an outdoor event such as parties and ceremonies


inside the dome


a skylight on top of each dome allows natural lighting and ventilation


the highest point of the largest dome measures 15.6 meters


the skylight 


the dome at sunset


the space is meant to create a new amenity space for the guests


the five domes surrounded by the vietnamese vegetation


the varying heights of the domes recreate the elevations of the mountains

 

 

project info:

 

architecture firm: VTN architects (vo trong nghia architects)
principal architects: vo trong nghia
design team: nguyen duc trung
status: 04.2017
program: ceremony dome
location: son la city, vietnam
client: tien doan trading co.ltd
gfa: 1000m2
bamboo construction: VTN architects (vo trong nghia architects)
photography: hiroyuki oki

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