Studio 8, a group of young Hanoian architects, designed a competition proposal to transform a street in Hanoi, Vietnam. The project earned third prize and focuses on finding a contemporary solution to bring the street life of Trangtien “to its gracefulness in the near future.”
More about the proposal after the break.
When Trangtien Street was built by the French over 100 years ago, it was famous for its charm and beauty. A pedestrian friendly atmosphere, the street was part of a luxurious commercial area surrounded by grand theaters and civil headquarters.
Yet, as the years progressed, the street lost its attractive ambience as the transformation of street houses and buildings happen spontaneously without being controlled by authority, and vehicles crowd a once pedestrian owned zone.
The proposal takes the past conditions into consideration and tries to give the pedestrians back a shared space. Experimenting sectionally, the street is carved out to create a new pedestrian type of zone. Within this new space, large steps bring people to a lower level and pockets of space are designed for different activities and gatherings to occur.