Spectacular bamboo domes mimic the mountains of Vietnam

November 10, 2017 by  
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Vietnamese firm Vo Trong Nghia Architects has completed a series of beautiful bamboo domes for the rural area of Son La City, Vietnam. Surrounded by dense vegetation, the five bulbous structures were built out of locally-sourced bamboo by local craftsman. The architects designed domes of differing heights and sizes that mimic the majestic mountain range in the background, creating harmony with the surrounding natural environment. Sitting at the heart of the plan, the largest dome measures 15.6 meters high with an interior area of 283 square meters. The smaller domes range from 10.5 meters to 12.5 meters high. Inspired by the traditional bamboo baskets found in the area, the curved framework is made of locally-sourced bamboo . Thatched roofs with large skylights provide natural light and ventilation for the interior spaces. Related: Posh new Vietnamese hotel with a lush green facade brings guests closer to nature The domes are the latest addition to the adjacent hospital complex, which was also designed by the Vietnamese firm . Located next to a restaurant and ceremonial hall, the new structures create a multi-purpose space for the increasing number of visitors to the area.The largest dome will be used as a cafe, and the rest will serve as reception and lounge areas. The spaces are open yet covered so that they can host year-long events such as corporate meetings, exhibitions and local festivals. The location will also serve as a pleasant meeting space for the local community. The facility is surrounded by dense vegetation, and trees will eventually grow over the buildings, providing ample shade for the area. Visitors making their way from the domes to the ceremonial hall will find a relaxing waterfall and small stream on the path, as well as a beautiful rose garden. + Vo Trong Nghia Architects Via Archdaily Photography by Hiroyuki Oki via Vo Trong Nghia Architects

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Spectacular bamboo domes mimic the mountains of Vietnam

Scientists protest Congress’s plan to open vital Arctic wildlife refuge to oil exploration

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An Alaska senator recently introduced legislation to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling. 37 Arctic wildlife scientists, including several former officials from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, the United States Geological Survey, and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, responded the next day with a letter . They oppose oil and gas exploration and development, stsating “such activity would be incompatible with the purposes for which the refuge was established, including ‘to conserve fish and wildlife populations and habitats in their natural diversity.’” Senator Lisa Murkowski, a Republican of Alaska and chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, released the legislation Wednesday. On Thursday, the 37 scientists sent the letter to Murkowski and Maria Cantwell, Ranking Member of the committee and Democrat from Washington. Related: Obama shuts the door on Arctic and Atlantic drilling for next five years Murkowski’s legislation targeted the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, but the scientists said in their letter, “Decades of biological study and scientific research within the Arctic Refuge have confirmed that the coastal plain specifically is vital to the biological diversity of the entire refuge.” They said polar bears, several migratory bird species, wolves, wolverines, Arctic grayling, caribou, Dolly Varden char, muskoxen, and grizzly bears all live in the coastal plain, which they said “contains the greatest wildlife diversity of any protected area above the Arctic Circle.” Polar bears are among the animals that stand to lose if drilling moves forward in this part of the Arctic. The scientists said three fourths of the coastal plain “is designated as critical habitat for polar bears, which are highly vulnerable to disturbance due to oil and gas activities.” Cantwell told Reuters she’d oppose the legislation. Murkowski’s spokesperson did not comment. Audubon , which made a copy of the letter available online , is calling on people to reach out to their representatives in Congress and ask them to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from development. Via Reuters , The Washington Post , and Audubon Images via Depositphotos and Wikimedia Commons , lead image via DepositPhotos

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Scientists protest Congress’s plan to open vital Arctic wildlife refuge to oil exploration

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