The Paper Cocoon

The Paper Cocoon

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Trieu Chien

The Paper Cocoon

Handhome as Association

This was a pavilion for architecture exhibition which was held on April 2016 in Saigon, Vietnam. The pavilion, designed by architect Nguyen Hoa Hiep (a21studio), was mainly made of bamboo and poonah paper with a participation of Saigon architecture students.

This pavilion was inspired by the cocoon of insects in nature. With a size of 9m x 18m, this space shows 17 works of 7 firms in architecture exhibition of Saigon Architects.

This pavilion used 800 sticks of bamboo for setting up the frame and 1200 sheets of poonah paper for covering the inside and the outside of the shell. The way of implementing the pavilion is similar to the way of making lion head in Vietnam by artisans in Hang Ma Street. Hang Ma is one of the old streets in Hanoi famous for craft which is related to paper. Lion head is featured product with technic which is still handed down through many generations of artisans to the present day.

The fact that the students implemented the project has great significance to them. They had oportunity to pratice, improve their knowledge and teamwork skill during the construction of a work.

The architecture exhibition is organized annually by ( to connect generations of architect with students. Currently, Handhome has more than 30.000 members who are architects, designer, and people interested in architecture and interior design in Vietnam.

Movie of construction with english sub-title:

Photo: Trieu Chien ( Design: a21studio ( Construction: A group of Saigon Architect Student Square: 9m x 18m Time: April 2016 Material: Bamboo, Paper

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