The Lantern / VTN Architects

The Lantern / VTN Architects

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Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Client: Fortune-Nano Electrical Company (Nanoco)
  • Architects: Vo Trong Nghia Architects + Takashi Niwa
  • Design Team: Nguyen Thi Thoa, Koji Yamamoto, Dao Sy Dung
  • City: Hanoi
  • Country: Vietnam
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The Lantern / VTN Architects - Brick, Facade, Windows
© Hiroyuki Oki

Text description provided by the architects. Located within Dong Da district, Hanoi, the newly constructed gallery and lighting showroom uses a perforated terracotta façade to create a simple yet significant impact on the surrounding landscape.

The Lantern / VTN Architects - Table, Beam, Windows
© Hiroyuki Oki

The gallery is located on the top floor overlooking a large neighbouring tree, while the slit skylights expose the roof garden. This offers a space for architects and design professionals to interact.

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Upon entering the building, visitors are greeted with a large void. The showroom is carefully planned around the void to allow visitors to view the exhibited product at a glance from the central staircase.

The Lantern / VTN Architects - Stairs, Facade, Steel, Handrail, Beam
© Trieu Chien

The terracotta blocks were traditionally used in Vietnam before air-conditioning. Designed for tropical climates, they allow for passive ventilation and shade from harsh sunlight. The blocks are both functional and inexpensive at £0.42 each amounting to £2,350 for the 5,625 blocks used. Furthermore, the bespoke fixing system allowed for a quick and simple assembly.

The Lantern / VTN Architects - Windows
© Trieu Chien

The existing site proposed interesting design challenges, such as the typically small inner-city site at 72 sqm, adjacent tree and busy streetscape. The foliage overshadows the site, making it difficult for pedestrians to recognize the building from the main road. However, this scenario presented a unique opportunity to consider the existing tree and distracting context whilst maximizing the usable space.

The Lantern / VTN Architects - Windows, Brick, Facade
© Hiroyuki Oki

This building provides a delicate backdrop to the ever-changing tree. During the day shadows are cast upon the clean façade, bringing it to life. In the evening the building is illuminated from within, acting as a lantern in the city.

The Lantern / VTN Architects - Windows
© Hiroyuki Oki

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Address:Ngõ 850 đường Láng, Láng Thượng, Đống Đa, Hà Nội, Vietnam

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Cite: "The Lantern / VTN Architects" 16 Nov 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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