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An ancient material, bamboo is increasingly being used in high-profile modern Vietnamese architecture.

Dating back to ancient times, bamboo has been a primary material used to construct house in Vietnam. Even in the modern architectural environment, where steel, concrete, brick and glass reign supreme, bamboo retains a strong presence here. Especially as natural materials continue to gain favor in today’s constructions, bamboo fits the bill – it is eco-friendly, abundant, durable and flexible.

Numerous tourist resorts have turned to bamboo as a key vernacular material, and high-profile projects have brought bamboo onto the global architectural stage. Perhaps the best-known champion in Vietnam is Vo Trong Nghia, whose renowned constructions such as the curving wings of the outdoor restaurant at the Flamingo Dai Lai Resort or the dome-shaped Wind and Water Bar are built with bamboo.

Bamboo can also be used in smaller-scale projects, with an aesthetic and tactile presence that adds to any space. It’s a pleasure to step into a home where bamboo is used for the flooring, for example. Following chemical processing, hydraulic pressing, and modern cutting techniques, bamboo floors can prove equal or superior to industrial wood or marble tiles. Warm in the winter and cool in the summer, bamboo floors are natural, durable and water-resistant.

There are numerous ways to incorporate bamboo throughout the home, from partitions between bathrooms and bedrooms to furniture such as tables and chairs to accents such as clothing hooks and shelves. For many in Vietnam, bamboo conjures up images of rural life of the past. And visitors to a Vietnamese resort can enjoy the special atmosphere that bamboo provides, from fishing on round bamboo coracles to enjoying meals under the rustic light cast from a bamboo lampshade. Modern and eco-friendly, yet evoking a charming atmosphere of the past, ancient bamboo is here to stay.