bamboo club + cafe by VTN architects takes center stage in the heart of vietnam

The place were the bamboo becames a part of the city scenary…

vinh, in central vietnam, has been a battleground for multiple wars resulting in a massive amount of destruction to the city and the surrounding region. renovation for vietnam’s biggest city in the central region of the country has steered toward european design with colonial style façades, providing VTN architects with its latest challenge.

from street level, the bamboo material is visible on both levels: the rooftop dome and cafe under
all images by trieu chien

 

 

the project, titled ‘nocenco cafe,’ focused on morphing a middle-rise concrete building located in the city center of vinh. this scheme sees a renovated a cafe on the last floor and rooftop of a 7th floor turned into a neighborhood and city icon, with an emphasis on using a unique local material to create a new structure.

nocenco cafe‘ provides a completely unique interior but follows the bamboo theme

after a study period, VTN architects decided to use bamboo; an easily accessible material in the tropical climate reducing construction time and budget, but one that is also light and structurally sound.

the club has a cave like feel but sports open views of the surrounding city

 

 

the end product was a large dome structure on the roof with a club/lounge recognizable from any part of the city and a redesigned cafe on the floor below with an interior built using bamboo. this project equips a city that was once ravaged by war with a gathering place that has ‘a great view over the surrounding low-rise houses, towards the river, magnificent forest scape and various aged buildings.

 

the rooftop’s structure is built from bamboo and take the shape of an ‘L’

 

 

the vietnam-based architecture firm used ten bamboo columns to hide the existing structure and four additional columns to elegantly divide the space into different private areas, thus creating a cave-like space but juxtaposed with an open view of the surrounding city.

 

center of the dome is an open area

the club dome supported by bamboo columns opens up the surrounding views of the city

the dome is left open at the top

the bamboo structure provides a local and organic aspect to the neighborhood

clear views of the city from the rooftop club

the cafe under the rooftop club also sports views of the surrounding neighborhood

the incorporation of bamboo creates a unique environment complimented by shrubbery

the bamboo cafe also allows for natural light to enter

project info:

name: nocenco cafe

principal architects: vo trong nghia, nguyen tat dat

design team: to quang cam, le hoang tuyet ngoc, takahito yamada

office credit: VTN architects (vo trong nghia architects)

status: built in may 2018

program: café, club

location: vinh city, nghe an, vietnam

footprint: 438 sqm

GFA: 687 sqm

bamboo contractor: VTN architects

photography: trieu chien

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MINI LIVING + freelandbuck’s urban cabin offers living quality within 15m2

the 2018 los angeles design festival has begun and with it, one of the most anticipated installations has opened its doors: the MINI LIVING urban cabin. the new site-specific installation, which resides on the rooftop of the ROW DTLA, is the first in the series to house overnight guests. it follows the project that started in 2017, with stops in london and at A/D/O, brooklyn, NYC.

all images by laurian ghinitoiu

 

 

‘we’re working on our own very distinct interpretation of co-living. our aim is to enable a genuine sense of community, opening doors and creating public space,’ explains esther bahne, head of strategy and innovation MINI.‘our installations and visionary formats seek to explore a whole new range of possibilities in the creative use of space, and we’re now putting what we’ve learned into practice in the form of real-life construction projects.’

 

 

MINI’s urban cabin is a continuous installation project comprised of a small living unit that travels to various locations across the world, adapted for each city by local architects. each variation is designed with limited space and inspired by local surroundings, demonstrating creative approaches to the challenge of saving space while creating unique identities. the concept has been designed to demonstrate how a living space can be smart and flexible while, at the same time, make its inhabitants feel at home.

 

 

the LA cabin, with a footprint of just 15-square-meters, is a downtown oasis that allows visitors to embrace nature at the heart of the city. furthermore, the design focuses on enhancing a collective experience, rather than concentrating on just the domestic needs of one occupant.

 

 

this collective and open spirit is exactly what freelandbuck furthers with their part of the unique, locally-inspired urban cabin. by extending the perceptual boundaries and the contemplative life of a living space through spatial effects and experimental material assemblies, visitors can look and experience a transforming piece of architecture. two nested boxes, constructed with aluminum framing, are wrapped in translucent polycarbonate printed with the image of a third box that appears to be projected through the structure. the three-dimensional graphic surfaces vary between graphic alignment and kaleidoscopic effects as one moves around and through them. the indoor/outdoor quality created by the translucent skin is accentuated by a hanging garden which forms another cubic volume suspended from the enclosure.

 

 

on each side of freelandbuck’s kaleidoscopic experience room, the urban cabin features two outer modules: one for living and sleeping; the bathroom and kitchen on the other. the MINI LIVING design team have created these areas with a perforated metal facade on the exterior. as sunlight shines through the material, as well as the sporadic holes cut into the interior’s wooden cladding, varying mesmerizing and characterful patterns shimmer upon the floors and walls. making creative use of space down to the last, smart detail, the cabin features many space-saving solutions, such as push, fold and rotate mechanisms to further open the architecture to the environment and allow residents to adapt the space to their needs.

 

 

the MINI LIVING urban cabin will be open from june 8 – 10 during the LA design festival 2018. after the event, the urban cabin will continue its global tour, heading for beijing next and then onward to tokyo.

Vía Design Boom

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