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a21studio uses bamboo and poonah paper to build cocoon pavilion in Saigon

Designed by a21studio, this pavilion was built to host an architecture exhibition held on April 2016 in Saigon, Vietnam. It was built in collaboration with local architecture students with bamboo and poonah paper. Its shape references the different insect cocoons found in nature. Measuring 9m x 18m, this space is able to showcase 17 works coming from seven different firms coming from the same city.

a21studio paper cocoon pavilion vietnam
Photo: Trieu Chien

a21studio’s pavilion used 800 sticks of bamboo for setting up the frame, and 1200 sheets of poonah paper for covering the inside and the outside of the shell. The way of implementing the structure is similar to the way artisans make lion heads in Hanoi out of papier mâché. These techniques have been handed down from generation to generation of artisans, surviving to present days.

The fact that the students implemented the project has a great significance to them as they had the opportunity to practice and improve their knowledge while gaining teamwork skills during the construction. The architecture exhibition is organized annually by Handhome in order to connect generations of architects with students.

a21studio paper cocoon pavilion vietnam
Photo: Trieu Chien
a21studio paper cocoon pavilion vietnam
Photo: Trieu Chien
a21studio paper cocoon pavilion vietnam
Photo: Trieu Chien
a21studio paper cocoon pavilion vietnam
Photo: Trieu Chien
a21studio paper cocoon pavilion vietnam
Photo: Trieu Chien
a21studio paper cocoon pavilion vietnam
Photo: Trieu Chien
a21studio paper cocoon pavilion vietnam
Photo: Trieu Chien
a21studio paper cocoon pavilion vietnam
Photo: Trieu Chien
a21studio paper cocoon pavilion vietnam
Photo: Trieu Chien
a21studio paper cocoon pavilion vietnam
Structure before it was covered by the poonah paper. Photo: Trieu Chien

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