Vietnamese architecture firm a21 studio recently transformed a giant stockpile of scrap wood into Salvaged Ring, an airy and spacious coffee shoplocated in the countryside of Nha Trang. The client and owner, who had worked as a local carpenter, provided the wood to the architects in hopes of “giving another life” to the salvaged materials. In addition to scrap wood, the finished structure was also built with locally sourced rocks, coconut leaves, and other materials to help the building blend in with the local village architecture. Airy Thatched Vietnamese Coffee Shop is Made From Salvaged Wood and Local Materials
Text description provided by the architects. Salvaged ring is a coffee shop located along side with a highway in the countryside of Nha Trang, Vietnam. After years working, the owner, which is a local carpenter, has a big stock of scrap wood that he wishes to give another life to them rather than leaving it fall into oblivion. Therefore, an idea that a building salvages these pieces of wood has come to life.
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