Vo Trong Nghia – Bamboo Stalactite Pavilion | 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale
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Design: Vo Trong Nghia Architects
Vo Trong Nghia Architects, the Bamboo Stalactite pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale; photo © Inexhibit
Vo Trong Nghia – Bamboo Stalactite pavilion | 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale
At the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale, acclaimed Vietnamese architect Vo Trong Nghia (born 1976 in Phú Thủy, Vietnam) presents a beautiful temporary pavilion named Bamboo Stalactite.
Part of the exhibition at the Arsenale curated by Grafton Architects, the pavilion is installed on the waterfront area near the press pavilion and provides a really appreciated relax and meditation space for the visitors of this year’s Biennale.
Using his favorite building material, Vo Trong Nghia had designed an iconic architecture entirely made in bamboo, which demonstrates the exceptional aesthetic and technical results that can be achieved through that material.
The dense bamboo mesh of the pavilion canopy provides an effective shading effect which, together with a number of orange-color lounge chairs, contributes to creating a pleasant and relaxing “freespace” overlooking the Venetian Arsenal’s water basin.
Nghia’s pavilion is composed of a sequence of “vaults” made by bending and assembling a large number of bamboo stalks, firmly bound together using only natural fiber strings and ropes. Though light-weight and airy, the pavilion actually resembles a sort of protective and welcoming cavern marked by a number of wooden “stalactites” running from floor to ceiling.
Structurally, the construction resembles other, larger works of Vo Trong Nghia, such as the Ting Xi Bamboo Restaurant in China and the Castaway Island Resort in Vietnam; though, the Bamboo Stalactite pavilion, in its simplicity, is possibly even more iconic than them.
The pavilion is consists of a sequence of parabolic groin vaults made entirely in bamboo; photos © Inexhibit, 2018
The bamboo mesh of the pavilion creates a beautifully shaded sitting area overlooking the Venetian Arsenal; photos © Inexhibit,2018
The bamboo stalks are connected by ropes and strings; the bamboo species traditionally adopted in Vietnamese architecture (such as those of the Dendrocalamus and Phyllostachys families) are particularly suitable as building materials due to their high resistance; photos © Inexhibit
A number of upholstered lounge chairs are placed under the pavilion’s canopy for the relax of the Biennale’s visitors; photos © Inexhibit, 2018.