Hanoi Museum / gmp Architekten

© Marcus Bredt

Architects: gmp Architekten
Location: Phạm Hùng street, Cầu giấy District, Hà Nội City,
Design Team: Meinhard von Gerkan, Nikolaus Goetze, Klaus Lenz
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 30,000 sqm
Photographs: Marcus Bredt

The HanoiMuseum is embedded in a park with ample water features, where visitors already encounter exhibits from the history of and reconstructed traditional Vietnamese villages on entering the museum landscape.

Within the square building, a central circular atrium links an entrance level with the three exhibition levels. These are arranged as terraces projecting further outwards on each higher floor, forming an inverted pyramid.

© Marcus Bredt

This leads to the shadowing of the lower levels which is part of the energy efficiency concept. By this, the exhibits inside are protected from the sun as well.

Section 01

For visitors, the effect is that, looking out, they seem to be floating over the landscape. Visitors to the museum reach the upper levels via a spiral ramp. As the dominant feature, the ramp offers perspectives into the entrance hall and exhibition areas. Whereas the first to third floors are used solely for exhibition purposes, the fourth floor also contains conference rooms, research rooms, offices and the library. Air spaces there also accommodate particularly large exhibits. As in the circular central space, this means they can be given a setting, thanks to the indirect lighting from the roof lights arranged like windmill sails.

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Cite: "Hanoi Museum / gmp Architekten" 12 Jul 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 28 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=251694>
  • Ralf

    As a German I would like to leave my deepest apologies to the Hanoian people. This building ( -especially in real-) looks distracting from any angle of view. I feel ashamed that German architects could not come up with something more creative that would represent Hanoi/Vietnam in a more decent way than this piece of whatever. Tasteless architecture should be forbidden by law.

  • Ralf Matthis

    As a German I leave my deepest apologies to the Hanoian people for this “building”. I am ashamed that German architects could not come up with something more creative or decent than this poor rip-off of the Chinese pavilion from the Shanghai Expo. Even worse, it looks distracting from any angle of view, nor does it represent Hanoi/Vietnam in any stone of it.
    Tôi thành thật xin lỗi về kiến trúc của Bảo Tàng Hà Nội.

    • Roland Engelmann

      i feel the same. i hate it and so far i havent met anyone who likes its architecture … i also feel ashamed of this “rip-off of the chinese expo pavilion” as you called it. i even heard that there were some lobby activities to win the bid, so what they lacked in creativity they did with money … :-I

      a shame.

  • bui cao son

    Location: “Tu Liem District” not “Hoan Kiem District” !

  • https://www.facebook.com/TravellingKaNong ChơiBời

    “Location: Hanoi, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam” is wrong …!

    Location: Phạm Hùng street, Cầu giấy District, Hà Nội City, Việt Nam

  • Jackuz

    i guess it’s inspired by Vietnamese culture. But yeah, I agree, it look like a bad copy of Shanghai Expo. I’m Vnese, and I hate it.


      it look like a bad copy of Shanghai Expo.no idea, so bad.why look like china. i dont like it. i hope, it didn’t built in viet nam.

  • Ralph Kent

    Credit where credit is due – you need to try pretty hard to come up with a design that bad.



  • andyphammy

    It took a bad judging panel to approve such bad taste …. The internal spaces dont have any relationship with the exterior. A very bad attempt at ‘being inspired” by our cultural history …. its much deeper than an “up side down” traditional house/ building ….

  • Kim Võ

    The architectural students in Vietnam do really hate the design. Such a shame for Vietnamese architecture !

  • Marcio Campos

    I cannot find the reason to see this building here on archdaily…

    • 319 land ngoc

      Reason: Meinhard von Gerkan