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    Vo Trong Nghia's 'Green Ladder', bamboo pavilion transported to Sydney

    Nathan Johnson

    Renowned Vietnamese architect, Vo Trong Nghia will bring his bamboo architectural pavilion to Sydney for a six month exhibition.

    Green Ladder will be on display at the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF) from 7 July to 10 December 2016 as part of the SCAF’s Fugitive Structures series which is now in its fourth and final year.

    The pavilion, which is constructed to resemble a dense green forest, and to raise awareness of bamboo’s strength and viability as a ‘green steel’ building material, already made an appearance at the 2016 Asia Pacific Architecture Forum held in Brisbane in March.

    It is Vo Trong Nghia’s first project in Australia and the first time an Asian practice has participated in the Fugitive Structures program. Trong Nghia will be in Sydney for the opening of Green Ladder and will present a talk at SCAF during the opening week.

    Fugitive Structures was the first series in Australia to explore the potential of temporary pavilions as tools for experimentation and for testing new concepts. It was always intended to be a series of four annual pavilions and has included: 2013 – Andrew Burns’s Crescent House; 2014 – AR-MA Trifolium; 2015 – Sack and Reicher + Muller’s Sway.

    In keeping with the philosophy of VTNA, SCAF has organised a series of talks and events in association with Green Ladder including an architect’s talk by Vo Trong Nghia on Thursday, 7 July 2016 at 5pm.

    Throughout the six-month period that the Pavilion will be on display at SCAF there will be a series of meditation and yoga programmes, details will available at www.scaf.org.au.

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