The special house with roof covered by coconut shells
- By: Ngo Dinh Tu
- Date: 25/10/2013
The conical house with its roof covered by millions of coconut shells was recognized national record by Vietnamese Record Organization. Located on the community of Ancient house Museum at Vinahouse Space in Dien Ban District, Quang Nam Province, the conical house, was designed and constructed as a new unique architecture in a mixture of traditional and modern style.
Mr Le Van Vinh, General Director of Vinahouse Sapce confided: “The conical house, designed with inspiration from the image of a palm-leaf conical hat, attached to the beauty of Vietnamese women, reflects an identity of Vietnamese rural village. The unique figure of the house lies in its roof which was covered by millions of coconut shells- a potential material in local area”. The conical house is 15m in width and 16m in height, having its columns and pillars fold in wood. To make the house become unshakeable, its components are installed in L- letter steel columns, opening a large cool space. The structure of the roof with solid frame is designed in the conical shape with a purpose to reduce temperature and sound out of the space. Especially, the house’s roof is covered by millions of coconut shells which are arranged precisely in scale shape; creating architecture not only is valuable aesthetic but also friendly with environment.
Effort to make shells
“It took us 55 continuous working days and nights, with joining of 250 technical workers per day/ night to make this biggest conical house with its roof covered by coconut shells”, according to Mr Ngo Dinh Tu, head of Technology- Information- Media Department. There’re 5 conical and another long house designed in architectural style of Co Tu peoples, a
Vietnamese minority, most of them covered their roofs with 8 millions of coconut shells. Mr Tu said: “to get enough coconut shells using for all architecture, we have to call all workers coming to remote provinces of the Delta River such as Ben Tre, Vinh Long, Tra Vinh…. It took us a lots of months to collect. After then, our workers have to pare and grinder coir cleanly, destroy termites. We consigned cutting shells for every worker; however, because it’s a difficult step, even the best one cut only 100 pieces of coconut shells per day/ night”. “It’s a marvelous effort of all the staff”, he added.
Quang’s artisans inherited the technique of covering roof by coconut shells as joining 4 shells into 1 big piece from experiences of Vietnamese people in the past, who covered their house’s roofs by tiles. By this way, it strengthens the house’s structure. “Although Dien Ban had just been in center of the 11 terrible storm, those special house still are in safe and strong condition”, said Ngo Dinh Tu.
The interference between traditional cultural identity and homely atmosphere in unique conical houses not only impresses deeply to both interior and exterior tourists, but also reflects talent hands of Vietnamese artisans.
[Thanh Nien News]