Bottle Sail

Architects 1+1>2 Architects
Location: Vietnam, Hai Phong
Year: 2014
Area: 16 m2
Photographs: Vu Xuan Son
Other Team Members: Lead Architect: Hoang Thuc Hao Design Team: Nguyen Duy Thanh, Vu Xuan Son, Tran Hong Nam Collaborator: local farmers, students

In the series of community development projects by 1+1>2 International Architecture JSC, in collaboration with research centers and public health development COHED, the bottle seedling house has been built and given to rural communities affected by HIV/AIDS. The project aims to improve the quality of agricultural, community connections, helping people with HIV/ AIDS to socially reintegrate.

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Image by Vu Xuan Son

The land is located next to the sea dyke, with an average of 12 typhoons each year, which is a big challenge when building. The bottle house needed to be designed to respond to natural disasters, protecting seedlings.
Positioned at the foot of the dyke where it can be sheltered from the wind the most, the foundation of concrete pipe is buried deep underground, with enhanced cross bracing ensuring a sustainable bamboo frame system.

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Image by Vu Xuan Son

The wind-sail idea is a familiar image for fishing villagers, and the house additionally looks like an interesting accent between fields. The combined curves from plastic bottles also sparkle like moving furniture, creating strong visual appeal.

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Image by Vu Xuan Son

This structure has an area of only 172 square feet, and uses bamboo material roofed by 3,000 plastic bottles. The work serves about 10,000 tomato seedling seeds per season, and functions as a place for farmers to rest and relax. It is also a place for students to have after-school activities.

The project is part of ongoing research, dissemination, and replication in order to practically serve the community.

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Image by Vu Xuan Son
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