Casamia Community House in Vietnam Features About 9-m-Tall Intricate Bamboo Ceiling and A Large Thatched Roof | VTN Architects


Vo Trong Nghia Architects has designed this Casamia Community in a very windy area near a coastal area of Cam Thanh in Vietnam using bamboo as the main building material. A 9-m-Tall intricate bamboo ceiling and a thatched roof inform the design of the center that comprises a gym, a medical area, a bathroom, a storage area, and a kitchen. It also encompasses a swimming pool outside. The building has been designed to be resilient and survive extreme weather. The thatched roof dominating the long elevations shield the structure from prevailing winds while the smaller glazed facade ensures the interiors are bathed in natural light. SURFACES REPORTER (SR) is sharing below how architects developed this beautiful structure and its intriguing features.  

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casamia-community-house-vtn-architectsSprawling over an area of 1,600 sqm (17,222.26 sqft), the building serves as a mixed-use center for the community of the region. The firm explains that Casamia Community House hopes to become the epitome of how natural materials can create durable and long-lasting structures.

casamia-community-house-vtn-architectsThe building consists of two levels: a sunken first floor is and a tall second floor.

Bamboo- The Primary construction Material

The design team at VTN Architects uses bamboo as the main material for construction owing to its familiarity in the city as well as its acoustic benefits. Several layers of interwoven bamboo elements help to create a bamboo structure, making them efficient for sound absorption.


Structurally, the building is constructed on top of a concrete plinth and encompasses a total of 22 frames of bamboo columns and trusses combined with bracing. The structure also stands apart with its 9m or almost 29 feet height.

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Large Thatched Roof Span and Glazed Facade 

The structure is topped with a larger thatched roof that also contributes to acoustic absorption, allowing to host community events without getting disturbed by the noises. The roof also allows natural light and air to flow inside the building. Further, it is wrapped with a glazed facade that allows more daylight to enter the space.

casamia-community-house-vtn-architectsThe sturdy structure resists the strong winds blow. Additionally, the roof combined with a layer of wire netting also prevents the building interiors from outside natural forces.

casamia-community-house-vtn-architects The building contains glass doors that open the center up to the outside for natural ventilation, though ceiling fans are also installed.


Project Details

Architecture Firm: VTN Architects
Area: 1600 m²
Year: 2021
Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki
Bamboo Contractor: VTN Architects (Vo Trong Nghia Architects)

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