Entwining bamboo transforms a Vietnamese café

Twists of chocolate-coloured bamboo weave their way through a renovated café in Vietnam. With the material’s naturally flexible form, the café’s architecture is designed as though the plant has grown its way organically through the building. The natural curves of the bamboo bring movement to the space and resemble the entwined structure of the Root Bridges of Cherrapunji in Cherrapunjee, India.

Designed by Vietnamese architectural company Vo Trong Nghia, the rooftop Nocenio café is located in the centre of Vinh, Vietnam. Completed in May this year, the building covers 4,700 square feet across the area.

Although the main building and surrounding area are constructed with colonial-style concrete, the textured bamboo surfaces inside the café brings a calming aesthetic to the surrounding landscape.  

A typical bamboo cane usually takes around three years to develop and can live for up to 10 years of age. The material can be used for different parts of a building – flooring, water pipes and drainage – and can be used in conjunction with other materials to build foundations, for example.

The small amount of lignin and the high amount of silicic acid in the material gives bamboo a tough outer form and durability to withstand a great load.  Additionally, bamboo gains its flexibility and strength from the mix of fibre, connective tissue and parenchyma.

The material is also non-polluting and the composition of bamboo fibres allows it to be cut lengthwise using simple tools, as seen in Nocenio café. The material is divided into several nodes, which prevent ruptures and allows it to be a superior earthquake-resistant material.

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All image credits: Vo Trong Nghia

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