Castaway Island Resort
Honorable Mention in Architectural Design / Hospitality
Vo Trong Nghia Company Limited
Vo Trong Nghia
VTN Architects (Bamboo Construction)
Lan Ha Bay, Cat Ba Island, Hai Phong, Vietnam
Castaway Island Resort is located in Cat Ba Archipelago and can accommodate up to 160 guests. The site is only accessible by boat, which takes about two hours from Hai Phong port. The resort aims to provide a memorable stay at the island which is surrounded by tropical nature.
It consists of five huts, a restaurant and a pavilion. Bamboo is used for the project, an environmental-friendly material that can integrate in and be easily removed afterwards without affecting the natural beautiful gulf at the site where the project is built. The bamboo are assembled by bamboo dowel nail and then tightened by rope. They are treated with a natural traditional method developed at a Vietnamese craft village, which involves soaking the bamboo in mud and smoking afterwards. The whole structure is covered with thatched roof, offering authentic Vietnamese cultural experience as well as reducing environmental impact.
These structures not only enhance guests experience on the island but also become a landmark of this destination. Despite the construction of the project, the site is left intact, the nature is preserved thanks to using such an environmental-friendly bamboo structure.
Bio Founded in 2006, Vo Trong Nghia Architects (VTN Architects) is a leading architectural practice in Vietnam with offices in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. International architects, engineers and staff work closely on cultural, residential and commercial projects worldwide.
By experimenting with light, wind and water, and by using natural and local materials, VTN employs a contemporary design vocabulary to explore new ways to create green architecture for the 21st century, whilst maintaining the essence of Asian architectural expression.