Architects Use Used Materials as Building Materials
There are various ways to increase public awareness of natural balance. One of them is to reuse used materials, as was done in Vietnam. The S-nicknamed building is made of used material. The architects used materials such as steel pipes, scaffolding, debris, and stones which were removed from the surrounding villages. The use of used materials is one way to raise awareness about the impact of unplanned exploitation of natural resources. Such exploitation results in imbalances between natural and human ecosystems.
This building was designed by H & P Architects and is located in Ha Nam Province, Vietnam. The area is indeed well known as a rock mining area. This mining activity has gradually destroyed the surrounding ecosystem. For this reason, the H & P Architects use materials that are easily found in the area. This building offers open spaces for local communities, which focus on arts and cultural activities.
The design concept itself is described as “a gap between two rock mountains made by a river”, where the rock mountain is a 0.4 meter thick stone wall with 3.4 meters high. The stone walls are then arranged in a zigzag pattern which produces several gaps. These cracks are used as rooms with different functions.
The exterior of the building is surrounded by trees and a pond. According to the architect, trees and ponds surrounding the building aim to bring people closer to nature. In addition, in the interior, a number of green plants are also hung from the roof. S Space consists of two paths. The first floor is a large space partitioned with stone walls. While the second floor is a mezanine made of bamboo and a lightweight steel frame. In addition, to keep the room in the building cool during hot weather, the architects placed a polycarbonate layer on the roof.