Being approximately 20km apart from the center of Ho Chi Minh City, Sen Village is a new residential area with 2,200 houses. As a heart of this area, a community center with the capacity of 250 people is designed by using bamboo and thatch. The building has a simple umbrella-like structure which consists of 28 pure bamboo frame units. The each frame forms an arch shape, creating a large circular hall with a diameter of 22m when it gathers.

The hall is used by citizens of Sen Village for various activities such as parties, banquets, exhibitions, and music performances. Periphery of the hall consists of 4-meter-wide terrace and a function volume which contains some private rooms, bathrooms, a kitchen and a small office. The thatched roof overhangs to this area and it achieves 30-meter diameter.

Status
04.2015
Program
Community Center
Location
Long An, Vietnam
GFA
1,395 m2
Client
Phuc Khang Corporation
Contractor
Wind and Water House JSC
Photographs
Quang Tran
Design Credit
Vo Trong Nghia Architects (VTN Arhitects)
Principal architect
Vo Trong Nghia
Design Team
Nguyen Huu Son Duong, Nguyen Van Thien