Bamboo Domes

Bamboo is a woody plant with a hollow stem that’s in the grass family. It’s one of the fastest-growing plants in the world.

It has a wide range of application used as flooring materials, cosmetic products, stationery, culinary, etc.

The most amazing application of bamboo for me has been its use in the building construction industry. First, we saw it used as scaffolding material. Time went by, and to utilize its full potentials, it has been put to greater use.

Courtesy: Hiroyuki Ok

Vietnamese architect Vo Trong Nghia is at the forefront propagating bamboo as a chief building construction. He calls it the “green steel of the 21st century” and he is not bluffing as he has designed quite a number of bamboo structures to back his statement. And they are all a beauty to behold.

A recent application of bamboo by Vo Trong Nghia is at the Diamond Island, Located on a Saigon River peninsula in the east of Ho Chi Minh City.

Courtesy: Hiroyuki Ok

Inspired by the traditional bamboo basket used by Vietnamese farmers to shelter poultry, Vo Trong Nghia constructed a multi purpose Community Centre for the residents. This Centre is made up of eight bamboo domes two of which measure 12.5 meters in height, and six measure 7 meters in height.

Courtesy: Hiroyuki Oki

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