Kontum Indochine Café



Kontum Indochine Café is designed as a part of a hotel complex along Dakbla River in Kontum City, Middle Vietnam.

Adjacent to Dakbla Bridge, a gateway to Kontum City, the cafeteria serves as a breakfast, dinner and tea venue for hotel guests. It also functions as a semi-outdoor banquet hall for wedding ceremonies.

Located on a corner plot, the Café is composed of two major elements: a main building with a big horizontal roof made of bamboo structure and an annex kitchen made of concrete frames and stones.

The main building has a rectangular plan surrounded by a shallow artificial lake. All elevations are open to the air. By providing shadow under the bamboo roof and maximizing the cool air flow across the water surface of the lake, the open-air indoor space successfully operates without using air conditioning even in a tropical climate. The roof is covered by fiber-reinforced plastic panels and thatch.

The roof of the main building is supported by a pure bamboo structure composed of 15 inverse-cone-shaped units. The form of these columns was inspired by a traditional Vietnamese basket for fishing which gradually narrows from the top toward the base.

Status: Built in 01. 2013

Program: Cafeteria

Location: Kontum, Vietnam

GFA: 551 m2

Client: Truong Long JSC

Contractor: Wind and Water House JSC + Truong Long JSC

Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki

Design credit: VTN Architects