Architect seeks natural solution to overcrowded Vietnam city


A bamboo structure designed by Vietnamese architect Vo Trong Nghia is being displayed at an annual architectural pavilion series in Brisbane, Australia.

The event is the fourth edition of “Fugitive Structures”, an annual architectural pavilion series hosted by the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF).

The grid-like bamboo construction incorporates a dense forest made of natural materials with a clear ceiling which floats above.


This creates a shelter from the elements, while allowing visitors to view the sky.

“I want to bring nature back to the city,” Nghia said. “In Ho Chi Minh City, the population has reached nearly 10 million, with only 5.35.km2 of green space, which is just 0.25% of the entire city.

“Vietnam’s unrestricted economic development has devastated the natural environment across the country. This is the problem architects need to solve.”

The bamboo used in the structure has received traditional treatment for two months in natural waterways, followed by a month’s treatment with fire smoke, he said.

“The design of the SCAF pavilion centres around the two central pillars of Vo Trong Nghia’s approach to architecture, which are innovative use of bamboo, and his passion – and self-imposed duty – to green the world’s urban landscapes with plants and vegetation,” Gene Sherman, executive director of SCAF, said.



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