BE Friendly/

H&P Architects

Viet Nam

Project Details



Mao Khe town / Viet Nam



Year (Design/Construction):

- / 2016

Area (Net/Gross):

220 m2 / -
Operational Carbon emissions

Operational Carbon emissions (B6) kgCO2e/m2/y:

Embodied Carbon emissions

Embodied Carbon emissions (A1-A3) kgCO2e/m2:

  • Use of local materials such as bamboo and rammed earth
  • Use of local vernacular building techniques
  • Flexibility of space allows a variety of activity and reduces the requirement for other buildings
  • Bamboo hold’s great potential for disassembly and future use at the end of the building’s life.

Since 2013, H&P Architects have been utilising bamboo and earth as a primary building material in a variety of projects aimed at creating “friendly spaces” in congested urban areas. Their latest creation, the BE (Bamboo & Earth) friendly space, is an open community area that emphasises cultural and artistic exchanges, exhibitions, and cuisine. The main mission of the ‘BE Friendly’ space is to improve the often-turbulent relationship between mankind and nature in modern times.

Located in the heart of Mao Khe town, the BE friendly space is constructed from locally sourced and environmentally friendly materials, using simple building techniques with the help of local builders. The project features a series of earth-rammed walls (40 cm thick) arranged in a zigzag pattern, creating open green spaces for communal use. These spaces are connected by random window placements (110cm x 220cm). The double-layered bamboo roof allows for natural light and air regulation while also blurring the boundary between the interior and exterior, architecture, and landscape.

The goal of the BE friendly space is to raise awareness about the importance of creating community-friendly spaces in the midst of urbanisation and concretization, which is rapidly engulfing Mao Khe, one of the most densely populated towns in Vietnam. By promoting sustainable practices and friendly spaces, the project aims to inspire the community to take action in creating a more sustainable future.


  • Architect: H&P Architects
  • Principal Architects: Doan Thanh Ha & Tran Ngoc Phuong
  • Team: Nguyen Manh Hung, Chu Kim Thinh, Nguyen Hai Hue, Nguyen Van Manh, Nguyen Van Thinh
  • Photographs: Nguyen TienThanh, Doan Thanh Ha


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