Milan Expo 2015: Vo Trong Nghia’s Lotus-Inspired Vietnamese Pavilion

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Vo Trong Nghia has unveiled designs for the Vietnamese pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo. Inspired by the lotus, the pavilion features a number of bamboo clad, umbrella-like structures supporting trees above a pool of water, in a composition reminiscent of their Kontum Indochine Cafe.

“The Lotus is Vietnam’s national flower, a symbol of purity, commitment and optimism for the future,” say the architects. “Growing from the muddy ponds it rises above the surface to bloom with remarkable beauty. The flower is proof that patience can turn difficulties into advantages.”

The Tent / a21 studio

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Architects: a21 studio
Location: , Khanh Hoa,
Area: 126 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of a21 studio

Salvaged Ring / a21 studio

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Architects: a21 studio
Location: , Khanh Hoa province,
Area: 360 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of a21 studio

House for Trees / Vo Trong Nghia Architects

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Architects: Vo Trong Nghia Architects
Location: Tan Binh District, , Vietnam
Architects In Charge: , Masaaki Iwamoto, Kosuke Nishijima
Area: 226 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki

AD Round Up: Architecture in Vietnam

Museum / gmp Architekten. Image © Marcus Bredt

There are few countries as architecturally diverse as Vietnam.  To celebrate this diversity, we’ve collected five of our favorite projects from this stylistically diverse country.  These include the grove-like Kontum Indochine Café, the towering, leafy Stacking green, and the sinuous Binh Duong School, all by Vo Trong Nghia + Shunri Nishizawa + Daisuke Sanuki.  We’ve also included the striking geometry that is the Folding Wall House by NHA DAN ARCHITECT, and the inverted pyramid of the Hanoi Museum by gmp Architekten.  Enjoy!

Folding Wall House / NHA DAN ARCHITECT

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Architects: NHA DAN ARCHITECT
Location: Ho Chi Minh City,
Architect In Charge: Nguyen Dinh Gioi
Area: 104 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki

7×18 House / AHL architects associates

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Architects: AHL architects associates
Location: Tứ Liên, Tây Hồ, ,
Architect In Charge: Hung Dao
Year: 2013
Photographs: Hung Dao

Bb Home / H&P Architects

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Architects: H&P Architects
Location: , Hoan Kiem District, ,
Architect In Charge: Doan Thanh Ha, Tran Ngoc Phuong
Design Team: Chu Kim Thinh, Erimescu Patricia, Nguyen Van Manh, Nguyen Khanh Hoa, Nguyen Quynh Trang, Tran Quoc Thang, Pham Hong Son, Hoang Dinh Toan, Pham Quang Thang, Nguyen Hai Hue, Nguyen Khac Phuoc
Area: 44 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Doan Thanh Ha

Could Ho Chi Minh City’s Architecture Be Saved by Its Economic Rut?

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In this article, originally published in Metropolis Magazine as “A Time-Out,” Carl Robinson reminisces about the architecture of the Ho Chi Minh City he remembers from the 1960s and discusses how the urban landscape has changed in subsequent years. As Vietnam grapples with economic downturn, he asks, how might the city to develop? 

Over the past 15 years, as Vietnam finally left its long years of war behind, the former capital of South Vietnam—Saigon—became the country’s economic powerhouse. Until fairly recently, Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) was a boomtown. Even before touching down at its busy international airport, I see new buildings rising up through the sprawling and tightly packed suburbs, splayed across the city’s surrounding delta landscape and muddy meandering rivers.

Off in the distance along the wide Saigon River, where the spires of the city’s French Colonial Roman Catholic cathedral once dominated downtown, an impressive silhouette of high-rises reach to the tropical sky. The city’s twenty-first-century feel continues through its sweeping new terminal (designed by GWA) and then down a wide boulevard past contemporary office buildings and shops. Eventually I reach the intimate tree-lined streets of old Saigon, the residential quarter created by the French more than 150 years ago.

Kontum Indochine Wedding Hall / Vo Trong Nghia Architects

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Architects: Vo Trong Nghia Architects
Location: province,
Architect In Charge: Vo Trong Nghia, Takashi Niwa
Contractor: Truong Long JSC, Wind and Water House JSC
Area: 5,524 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki

In Progress: Farming Kindergarten / Vo Trong Nghia Architects

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Architects: Vo Trong Nghia Architects
Location: Đồng Nai,
Principal Architects: , Takashi Niwa, Masaaki Iwamoto
Project Team: Tran Thi Hang, Kuniko Onishi
CFD analysis: Environment Simulation Inc.
Area: 3,800 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki

Kontum Indochine Café / Vo Trong Nghia Architects

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Architects: Vo Trong Nghia Architects
Location: Kontum,
Architect In Charge: Vo Trong Nghia
Contractor: Wind and Water House JSC, Truong Long JSC
Area: 551 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki

9 Spa / a21 studio

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Architects: a21 studio
Location: , Vietnam
Area: 450 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki, Nam Phan, Courtesy of a21 studio

Nhabeo House / Trinhvieta-Architects

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Architects: Trinhvieta-Architects
Location: Hochiminh City,
Architect In Charge:
Structural Engineer: Nguyen Chi Tam
Interior Designer: Quach The Vinh
Area: 80 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki

The Nest / a21studio

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Architects: a21studio
Location: ,
Area: 40 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki

Ramen Bar Suzuki / 07BEACH

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Architects: 07BEACH
Location: , Vietnam
Designer: Joe Chikamori
Area: 154.7 sqm
Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki

House No47 / H&P Architects

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Architects: H&P Architects
Location: Ha Tinh City,
Architect In Charge: Doan Thanh Ha & Tran Ngoc Phuong
Team: Nguyen Lam Tung, Le Huu Sang, Tran Huyen Trang, Nguyen Hai Hue, Nguyen Van Thinh
Contractor: HPA Viet nam jsc
Area: 370 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Nguyen Van Tho

Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport VIP Terminal Winning Proposal / CPG Consultants

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CPG Consultants recently won the Hanoi Noi Bai International Airport VIP terminal design competition, which was organized by the Airports Corporation of . Expected to be completed in late 2014, the lotus flower-inspired design with its iconic petal-shaped pavilion roof will extend a ceremonious welcome to Heads of State and dignitaries as they arrive or depart from Hanoi. The new VIP Terminal will feature an octagonal geometry in plan, with the reception hall, state lounge and president lounges forming the centerpiece while the VIP lounges and function rooms form the angled part of the perimeter. More images and architects’ description after the break.