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.

Architect Firm: Vo Trong Nghia Architects
Principal: Vo Trong Nghia
Architects: Nguyen Huu Son Duong, Nguyen Van Thien
Contractor: Wind and Water House JSC
Status: Completed in 04.2015
Program: Community Center
Location: Long An, Vietnam
GFA: 1,395m2
Site Area: 48ha
Photographs: Quang Tran
Client: Phuc Khang Corporation

Sen Village Community Center by VTN Architects - Sheet2
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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.

Sen Village Community Center by VTN Architects - Sheet3
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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. Regardless of the shrouding shape of the roof, the interior space needs no artificial lighting for daytime uses as a skylight and open periphery provide defused daylight.

Sen Village Community Center by VTN Architects - Sheet4
© Quang Tran

The skylight also functions to discharge hot air from the top of the roof as breeze cooled by adjacent pond flows through the building. These passive design methods contribute to reducing energy consumption and keeping the building away from air conditioning use.

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