Design Architecture Bamboo Makes the Roof of Eco-Resort Restaurant Soar By Kimberley Mok Writer McGill University Cornell University Kimberley Mok is a former architect who covered architecture and the arts for Treehugger starting in 2007. our editorial process Twitter Twitter Kimberley Mok Updated October 16, 2018 ©. Bambubuild Share Twitter Pinterest Email Design Tiny Homes Architecture Interior Design Green Design Urban Design From clothing to flooring and bikes, bamboo has been showing up in many different places as a renewable and durable material, including in buildings. Vietnam's Bambubuild (previously) constructed a new restaurant and bar using a combination of modern design tools and bamboo, creating a serene spot within this ecotourism resort in Kim Bôi, a rural region in northwest Vietnam. © BambubuildTaking its form from the non la (the traditional Vietnamese conical leaf hat), the Serena Bamboo Restaurant's building features a thatched roof, held up by a 12-sided configuration of bamboo supports made with a strong yet supple variety of "iron" bamboo species known as tầm vông. It all sits on top of an already existing concrete structure that was no longer being used. Spanning 32 metres (105 feet), the roof also has a skylight measuring 1.5 metres (5 feet) that lets natural light in. The designers say:Bamboo is connected together with lashing and bamboo bolt to form a frame on the floor before being erected by crane. Bamboo frame connected with the foundation and concrete beams with metal pipes, iron pins makes the structure stable. This construction technique is easy to make by low-skilled worker with simple tools. © Bambubuild © Bambubuild © Bambubuild A short distance away, the outdoor pool bar area is a smaller, conical version of the restaurant that's supported with sweeping columns of bamboo, the shape of which were designed using parametric design tools. © Bambubuild © Bambubuild © Bambubuild © Bambubuild © Bambubuild While bamboo isn't necessarily an appropriate technology for every climate or bioregion, building with bamboo in this region makes sense here, as it grows abundantly and can be easily re-harvested over and over. And when merged with modern design techniques, it can really shine. To see more, visit Bambubuild.