Floating Bamboo House 2

H&P Architects
22. June 2023
Photo © Le Minh Hoang
Project: Floating Bamboo House 2, 2022
Sponsor: Architecture & Social Responsibility Foundation (ASR Foundation)
Location: Hong Thai, Phu Xuyen, Hanoi, Vietnam
Architect: H&P Architects
  • Team: Doan Thanh Ha, Vu Minh Dien, Pham Hong Son, Nguyen Hai Hue, Nguyen Tuan Hai, Le Duy Thanh + Students (Duong Minh Duc, Vu Ngoc Tuan, Nguyen Hung Giang)
Architectural Adviser: Dr. Nguyen Tri Thanh
Main Materials: Bamboo and compressed weaved bamboo sheets
Floor Area: 48m2
Photo © Le Minh Hoang

FB House is a new type of three-compartment house made of solid-cored bamboo (3–4.5cm diameter, 3m and 6m long) which are joined together simply with latches and ties. The house is covered (outside) and partitioned (inside) with light materials (compressed weaved bamboo sheets, leaves, corrugated iron, bamboo screens, etc.) and has a large roof to collect rainwater and harness solar energy. The door systems that can open and close flexibly helps make the house sturdy enough in adverse weather events, while creating a typical identity — like flowers amidst floating waters.

Photo © Le Minh Hoang
Photo © Le Minh Hoang

The FB House floats on water thanks to its plastic drum systems tied to the floor beneath. In the center of the house are freshwater storage tanks and septic tanks. It has a square ground (6m x 6m) with two levels that can be extended to increase the area of use. When the second floor panels are removed, the house becomes much more spacious (functioning as a communal house, a classroom, or a library, etc.), reminiscent of the Rông house, Đình pavilion — long-lasting typical places of Vietnamese people. In the future, a peaceful floating agglomeration of various residential groupings is expected to take shape when a large number of FB Houses are connected with each other by floating playing grounds, vegetable-growing rafts, fish-raising areas, etc.

Photo © Le Minh Hoang
Photo © Le Minh Hoang

Vietnam is one of the hardest-hit countries in the world by climate change. As forecast, 47 percent of the Mekong Delta area and 13 percent of the Red River Delta area will be submerged by the sea level rise of one meter, directly affecting from 20 to 30 million people. In this context, FB House is believed to provide a useful alternative for millions of poor households to, as soon as possible, create stable and safe accommodations themselves, and adapt to the worst scenario of responding to climate change.

Photo © Le Minh Hoang
Photo © Le Minh Hoang
FB House in The Cloud Walkers exhibition at the Leeum Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea, June 2022. (Photo © Sangtae Kim/Leeum Museum of Art)
The door systems can open and close flexibly.
Construction sequence
Visualization: H&P Architects
Drawing: H&P Architects
Photo © Le Minh Hoang

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