Nocenco café by VTN Architects (Vo Trong Nghia Architects)

A unique experience provided by a series of “bamboo caves”

Project Specs


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This renovation project includes a café on the last floor and the roof top of a 7th floor middle-rise concrete building located in the city center of Vinh city in the middle north of Vietnam. From these levels one has a great view over the surrounding low-rise houses, towards the river, magnificent forest scape and various aged buildings.

▼项目概览,project overview


The buildings in this area were damaged by the Vietnam War. Most of them were also renovated with colonial style façades inspired by European designs. Nowadays, regardless of their height, some of the buildings still imitated this kind of the façade style.  The client required not to change the envelope of the existing building, but create a unique and attractive addition that change this building into an icon of the city.

▼咖啡厅占据了既有建筑的顶层和屋顶花园,the renovation project includes a café on the last floor and the roof top of a 7th floor middle-rise concrete building


The challenge was to create an impact on the building by inserting a new structure with unique and local material. After studying several local materials such as brick, stone, etc we chose bamboo to work with. Through our experience, we know bamboo is easily to access in this tropical climate which reduces construction time and budget. The essence of using bamboo in this project is “lightness”. As bamboo which can be lifted up by a few workers and easily transport to the highest floor by a crane. In addition, it is possible to install the bamboo structure without any additional structural support.

▼建筑师选用竹子来打造空间,bamboo is used as the main material to create the space


For the 7F (top floor), we covered the existing concrete structure with bamboo material, it converted into an element that creates spatial qualities. Because the ceiling is covered with bamboo as well, pedestrians in the city can recognize the space from the street. There are 10 bamboo columns to hide the existing structure and 4 additional columns. These columns elegantly divide the space into different private areas. The cave-like space can never be experienced in its totality, but every place has a view to the surrounding city.

▼位于7层的用餐空间,dining area on the top floor

▼竹材为咖啡厅空间带来丰富的质感,the bamboo material creates spatial qualities for the cafe

▼空间细部,interior detailed view

▼既有的支撑结构被隐藏在10根竹柱内部,there are 10 bamboo columns to hide the existing structure and 4 additional columns

▼被巨大圆顶覆盖的空中露台,roof garden covered by the enormous dome structure

▼能够俯瞰城市美景的露台,every place has a view to the surrounding city


The enormous dome structure on the roof, which can be recognized from any place in the city, a roof top club is created as a gathering space for all the inhabitants of Vinh city. The dome and rectangular volumes on the rooftop fit in the existing L-shaped space. The rectangular volumes generate a framed view on the historical stadium and the beautiful cityscape. Moreover, it connects 2 vault bamboo structures, that open up to the cityscape.

▼夜间效果,night view

▼屋顶空间细部,detailed view of the dome structure on the roof

▼轴测分析图,axon diagram

▼7层平面图,7th floor plan

▼屋顶平面图,roof top floor plan

▼7层天花平面,7th ceiling plan

▼剖面图AA,section AA

Nocenco cafe
Principal Architects: Vo Trong Nghia, Nguyen Tat Dat
Design team: To Quang Cam, Le Hoang Tuyet Ngoc, Takahito Yamada
Office Credit: VTN architects (Vo Trong Nghia Architects)
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Status: Built in 05.2018
Program: Café, Club
Location: Vinh city, Nghe An, Vietnam
Footprint: 438m2
GFA: 687 m2
Bamboo Contractor: VTN Architects
Photographs: Trieu Chien

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