By Team IAnD
Photography: Quangdam; courtesy a21studio
a 21 studio from Vietnam play with the idea of conserving memories through their design of temporary field-shelters...
Seeking a change from brick-and-mortar construction, a 21 studio ideate on the several disregarded row boats that lie abandoned in farming villages along the river Cai in Nha Trang city, Vietnam.
These boats – once the lifeline of the city, especially during floods in the river Cai, have post the hydroelectric plant project, become memories, to be hung up in garden kitchens or discarded completely.
With the area no longer in the grip of this natural calamity, even the handicraft of weaving boats has waned and the beautiful, colourful means of transpiration in the city is but a distant memory.
Trying to capture this quintessential detail as part of the local flavours of Nha Trang city, the designers have found an alternate application for the boats as temporary shelters in open fields and as roofs for small all-purpose retail shacks.
Although they do not provide shelter from downpours, the boats act as transitory refuge as field workers toil under the scorching sun. They also add a distinctive element to the fields, supported as they are on bamboo stilts; fittingly pragmatic whilst warming hearts with memories that could otherwise elicit bitterness and loss.
The ingenious minimalist intervention is high on aesthetics, an aspect of design ingrained in the a21 studio’s portfolio.