BE (Bamboo & Earth) friendly space presents an open space for the community, with importance being attached to aspects of culture and art (exchanges, exhibitions, cuisines, etc.) BE friendly space is, thereby,expected to undertake the mission to improve the stormy relationship between man and nature in modern times.
The increasing rate of urbanization and concretization in Vietnam has resulted in a pressing need for open spaces for the community. H&P architects reacted to this need by designing the BE friendly space which is to help raise social awareness of the need for friendly spaces for community. In the context of urbanization and concretization which is gradually suffocating Mao Khe -one of the most populous towns in Vietnam, the space is making contributions to shaping actions of community in the process of creating sustainable spaces for the future immediately from today’s friendliness.
Inspite of being free of programme, the architects hope that the space will shape user’s actions in the localities in the process of future development, by enabling them to re-access friendly spaces which have become increasingly rare and at the same time, re-access traditional building materials and manners. By doing so, they are enabled and facilitated to make decisions on their future lifestyles.
BE friendly space is made of locally available materials, in simple building operations and with the participation of local builders. The entire project is made of earth-rammed walls (thickness 40cm) adjacent to each other in a zigzag pattern that spares valuable green spaces for common use. These open spaces are also connected to each other through randomly placed windows (110cm X 220cm). Above the used space is a double alternate layer of bamboo- made roof to regulate light and air as well as to blur the boundary between the interior and exterior, architecture and landscape.