FGLA 2019 Winner: Castaway Island

Commercial / 2nd Quarter 2019

FGLA 2019 Winner: Castaway Island

COMMERCIAL

SHOWCASING THE BEAUTY OF BAMBOO
The resort is located on an island in Cat Ba Archipelago, Vietnam, a popular tourist destination. The project consists of five huts, a restaurant and pavilion, on a private beach. The structures are made out of bamboo covered with a thatched roof, referencing traditional Vietnamese architecture. Bamboo is the star of the project, applied for its eco-friendly properties (non-polluting; renewable; recyclable as fertiliser or processed as charcoal). It is also a familiar local material, traditionally used for roof construction, tableware and furniture. The challenge here was to respect the nature of the material while creating a distinguishing space.

The bamboos were assembled into structural frames so as to provide greater reliability and resilience. The restaurant has a distinctive hyperbolic paraboloid shell.

Bamboos (50 millimetres in diameter) were assembled using low-tech joinery techniques (with bamboo dowels, nails and rope) after they were treated by a traditional Vietnamese method, which consists of bending the bamboo by fire, soaking them in muddy water and fumigation on-site. This process took three months. The construction period took two to three months thereafter.

Altogether, the resort was conceived to tread the earth lightly, to avoid disturbing the site and natural systems as much as possible. Solar energy is used to heat up the water; trees have been planted sensitively so as not to affect the existing vegetation and biodiversity negatively.

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Project NameCastaway Island
LocationLan Ha Gulf, Cat Ba, Hai Phong, Vietnam
Completion DateJanuary 2019
Site Area3,000 square metres
Gross Floor Area1,100 square metres
Architecture FirmVTN Architects
Principal ArchitectsVo Trong Nghia; Takashi Niwa
Main ContractorWind and Water House JSC

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