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Concrete Lace / G8A Architecture & Urban Planning

Concrete Lace / G8A Architecture & Urban Planning

© Le Hai Anh© Patrick Bingham-Hall© Nguyen Duy Thanh© Patrick Bingham-Hall+ 16

© Patrick Bingham-Hall
© Patrick Bingham-Hall

Text description provided by the architects. Growing mysteriously from the ground, concrete columns move rhythmically, branching and wrapping four levels of the courtyard building. Concrete Lace is illuminated by the soft golden light of the setting sun, becoming a part of the skyline. Evening light shines through, interweaving between the concrete skeleton and the skyline.

This curious building is part of Village 3 in the High-Tech Park master plan. Inspired by local, traditional North Vietnamese village features, the exposed courtyard radiates four path-ways; connecting to the lush external landscape and acting as four entrances that reminisce the main gates of a traditional village.

© Patrick Bingham-Hall
© Patrick Bingham-Hall

The grid structure of 12×25 meters allows a highly flexible and efficient use of space. Mixing green areas and open spaces they enhance the user’s experience through the building; inviting them to exchange, relax and enjoy the landscape. Sustainable design is ubiquitous; through maximizing natural light, natural ventilation, gardens inside offices, sky gardens, rain water recycling and the use of local eco-friendly materials.

© Le Hai Anh
© Le Hai Anh

The external layer acts as a key sustainable element of the building. It integrates climbing trees, acting as green protection against the sun, its density and thickness has been care-fully adapted from different orientations and facade exposure. Together these elements create a dynamic green building that is integrated in nature and connected with its environment.

Typical floor plan
Typical floor plan

Traditionally when a building was in a state of “ruin”, often the aftermath of abandonment and neglect, it became an inconvenience of sorts and disregarded. The very notion that a building has gone past its “expiry date” is truly archaic and in conflict with the fundamentals of “sustainability”.

© Le Hai Anh
© Le Hai Anh

Here, the “sustainable ruin” looks beyond aesthetics and dives into a holistic approach, becoming inherent in the lifespan of a building that can have adaptable future uses. This very intriguing idea was further developed as the Future Ruin concept under the umbrella of G8A's think tank 8+ and exhibited in 2015 at Hanoi Design.

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Address:Hanoi, Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi, Vietnam

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Cite: "Concrete Lace / G8A Architecture & Urban Planning" 31 Dec 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/908471/concrete-lace-g8a-architecture-and-urban-planning> ISSN 0719-8884

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