Mekong Delta, Vietnam
Vietnam-based architectural practice H&P Architects designs the Floating Bamboo House, a prototype of a floating home created to beat the rising sea levels caused by the world’s climate change that has affected so much Vietnam’s people.
“Vietnam is one of the hardest-hit countries in the world by climate change,” H&P Architects founder Đoàn Thanh Hà.
“Floating Bamboo House is believed to provide a useful alternative for millions of poor households to create a stable and safe accommodation themselves, and adapt to the worst scenario of responding to climate change.”
The Floating Bamboo House’s design has taken its cues from the traditional, rural Vietnamese homes and it is made of bamboo.
It is a three-compartment home, with a square ground floor plan that measures six by six meters and a first-floor story in its roof eaves.
All of its bamboo segments are joined together with latches and ties to create the structural frame of the building.
The Floating Bamboo House is an adaptable structure with a door system that can open and close flexibly to provide shelter from adverse weather conditions.
The floor panels of the upper story can also be removed, enabling the structure to be used as a classroom, library, or communal meeting space.
The project was self-initiated by Đoàn Thanh Hà in 2015 using funding from a charity called Architecture & Social Responsibility (ASR) Foundation.
It was then sponsored by the Samsung Foundation of Culture in 2022 to participate in an exhibition at the Leeum Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea.
Project: Floating Bamboo House
Architects: H&P Architects
Lead Architect: Đoàn Thanh Hà
Photographers: Le Minh Hoang