One of nature’s most fascinating aquatic plants, the lily pad is found in abundance in our Amazon rainforest. An ambitious architectural project made reality to welcome visitors to a resort in Phu Quoc, Vietnam, is enchanting people from all over the world for its grandeur and complexity. To build the “Coexistence Center”, 42,000 bamboo stalks were needed, distributed throughout its large-scale structure.
The project was developed by the Vietnamese studio Vo Trong Nghia Architects, a reference in building design in the Asian country. The mega-structure is located on the island of Phu Quoc, where there is a resort of the same name with a 1000-hectare leisure and entertainment complex.
According to the Arch Daily portal, the living center has about 11,500 square meters. To build it using primarily bamboo, Vo Trong Nghia Architects had to refine their construction methods over many years. In all, 42,000 hollow bamboo stems from species native to Vietnam, whose tropical climate favors their rapid growth, were needed.
Now complete, the structure impresses with its scale and look – which catches the eye – with arches, domes and railings designed to the millimeter by its architects, while seeking to honor the Vietnamese culture. throughout the day, thanks to the grids used on the walls and the thatched skylights on the roof that also allow light to pass through. The side rails also facilitate the ventilation of the place, ensuring thermal comfort.