wNw Bar / Vo Trong Nghia

© Phan Quang

Architects: Vo Trong Nghia
Location: Phu Tho district, Thu Dau Mot Town, , Vietnam
Project Completion: 2008
Construction Area: 250 sqm
Photographer: Phan Quang

© Phan Quang

The Nw bar is located in an artificial lake next to the wNw café. To create a contrasting space to the cafe, the bar is designed as an enclosed space which can be used for different purposes such as music concerts, shows, ceremonies etc.

© Phan Quang

A structural bamboo arch system was designed for this dome; 10m high and spanning 15m across. The main frame is made by 48 prefabricated units, each of them is made of several bamboo elements bound together. The building uses natural wind energy and the cool water from the lake to create natural air-ventilation. On the top of the roof there is a hole with a diameter of 1.5m for the evacuation of hot air from the inside.

conceptual diagram

As a new architectural element, the style of the two buildings of wNw becomes the focus of the landscape and work in harmony with the surrounding residential area. Although the function of the building sis a bar, it has its own uniqueness and has become a landmark of urban landscape.


It represents not only modernism but also traditions. The building gives a luxurious feeling but at the same time remains gentle in its atmosphere. The bar is now alsoused for town meetings and other social activities. The two buildings originated from nature. They now merge in harmony with nature. With time they will return to nature.

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Cite: "wNw Bar / Vo Trong Nghia" 30 Mar 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 17 Sep 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=220071>


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    Vietnamese….not Chinese.

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    Plans of Vo Trong Nghia remind me most of my friends’ project, we Vietnamese like his style. He just try to make building cool but don’t use much energy, this is good for climate of South Vietnam

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    Have been there few motnhs ago, and this part of the Wind & Water cafe was not open… because of insects invasion. I hope they solved this problem. Anyway, it is still a very small space and the details of the construction are way less aesthetic than thedrawings.

    There is another part, that is cute but not wonderful either, on the other hand.

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    what kind of bamboo are you using? How can you bend them? The way you are using bamboo structure is very beautiful

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    That’s innovative way of employing the traditional materials and means of construction. I like it.

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