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[Video] Local Architecture Students Use Traditional Papier-Mache to Create Cocoon Pavilion

Over the summer, architect Nguyen Hoa Hiep of a21 Studio – the firm behind Thu Duc’s M11 house and The Tent in Nha Trang – teamed up with local architecture students to create a cocoon-like pavilion inspired by Vietnamese papier-mache handicrafts.

According to Inhabitat, the 162-square-meter pavilion was used to house the HCMC University of Architecture’s Saigon Architects Exhibition, a showcase which featured the work of local architects.

Completed in just 13 days, Hiep and the students used 3D modeling to conceptualize the pavilion beforehand. The team then constructed a bamboo-and-iron frame and covered the structure by employing the same process used to fashion papier-mache lion heads on Hanoi’s famous Hang Ma Street. In total, the structure consisted of 800 bamboo sticks and roughly 1,200 sheets of poonah paper.

“This pavilion has a structure rather strange to common students’ knowledge,” Hiep told Inhabitat. “Through this project, we want to share with students how the work using bamboo as a construction material is formed in a new mindset.”

Check out the creation of the pavilion below:

[Photo and video via ArchDaily]


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