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I Resort / a21 studio

  • Architects: a21 studio
  • Location: Nha Trang, Vietnam
  • Architects: a21 studio - Hiep Hoa Nguyen, Nhon Qui Nguyen, Hang Thi Tran, Tien Giao Ngo, Toan Dinh Nghiem
  • Model: Duy Huu Nguyen, Dung Van Nguyen
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki

© Hiroyuki Oki © Hiroyuki Oki © Hiroyuki Oki © Hiroyuki Oki

From the architect. In order to meet the increasing need of mud bath, i resort with Vietnam traditional architecture and innovation in space and structure gives new experience to tourists in Vietnam.

© Hiroyuki Oki
© Hiroyuki Oki

The resort is located in a small hill near the main river separating from Nha Trang city centre has the necessary calm, which help tourists enjoying high class mud bath services. In the first stage, the project aims to deliver testing hot springs on 7 ha over 30 ha in total.

© Hiroyuki Oki
© Hiroyuki Oki

In general, by using wood, rock, and local coconut leaf, lively materials, i resort is filled with harmony and native feelings. Adding to the main context, lotus ponds, gourd and flower gardens have softened typical sun in this tropical city.

© Hiroyuki Oki
© Hiroyuki Oki

Refer to the architecture, courtyard and mortise and tenon joint are particular highlighted through out buildings. Courtyard, as we know, is the result of cultural and climatic conditions in the region (Bekleyen et al., 2004).

© Hiroyuki Oki
© Hiroyuki Oki

Further more, the courtyard is also used as spatial generator and climate modifier. In this project, we organized the spaces flexibly so that they can adapt many functions and views in the buildings. As the result, the activities are taken place in the peace and quiet places.

© Hiroyuki Oki
© Hiroyuki Oki

Moreover, it allows solar gain and natural ventilation, which are suitable to Vietnam climate. However, overusing courtyards can increase the heat and brightness causing inconvenience to people. Inner gardens, roof materials and fenestration are carefully considered as the most appropriate solutions.

changing room and lockers model
changing room and lockers model

Nowadays, wood structure usually uses glue, nail or prefabricated connectors to link different components. Thus, the way that we use mortise and tenon joints can be judged as a new adoption to architecture.

© Hiroyuki Oki
© Hiroyuki Oki

These joints are easy to assemble and the connections are very strong, neat, and hard to be wobbled. In addition, most of the joints is hidden in the structure and this technique can be scaled up or down in size.

© Hiroyuki Oki
© Hiroyuki Oki

The only problem is it is difficult to work out and cut, thus, it might have the poor resistance to tension, especially if it is badly fitted. Luckily, one of our partners is skillful contractor who has strong experience in this type of structure.

© Hiroyuki Oki
© Hiroyuki Oki

The project is now constructed the second stage, which promisingly brings more exciting works.

© Hiroyuki Oki
© Hiroyuki Oki
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