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Palm Fronds Shade a Modern Community Center in Vietnam

All photos courtesy of Hoang Thuc Hao, Vu Xuan Son via <a href="http://www.designboom.com/architecture/112-cam-thanh-community-center-hoi-an-city-vietnam-06-04-2015/">Designboom</a>
All photos courtesy of Hoang Thuc Hao, Vu Xuan Son via Designboom

Further evidence that some of the most intriguing, boundary-pushing contemporary architecture is coming out of Vietnam, a local firm uniquely named 1+1>2 has finished work on a community center in an enclave of the city of Hoi An, population 120,000. The studio brought its vernacular-meets-modern aesthetic to the city—here demonstrated by a concrete-block structure crowned in a thatched, gabled roof that gives the whole structure a treehouse vibe—to create a much-needed public gathering hall. In addition to serving residents, acting as a space for communal meals, exhibitions, and other events, the architects hope the new building will help bolster local tourism by providing an information center, rest stop, and design attraction, all in one.


1+1>2 Completes Cam Thanh Community Center in Hoi An City, Vietnam [Designboom]
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