Located in Dong Anh, a small residential suburb on the outskirts of Hanoi, ‘Ngói space’ rethinks construction waste through its innovative façade. Designed by H&P Architects, the building is conceived as a communal space, offering a coffee shop and multifunctional spaces to the community.
Effects of urbanisation are visible in the neighbourhood, as more and more agricultural land on the outskirts of the cities gets converted to accommodate the growing population. Vietnam is one of the fastest-growing economies, globally, and the effect of the construction industry on carbon emissions is hard to miss. The architect has addressed this issue by reusing roof tiles from demolished houses on the building façade.
This communal building is compared by the architects to a tree and a cave in its layering of space. The design creates sheltered spaces, giving reminiscences of a big roof, often found in the vernacular Rong Houses of Vietnam.
"Architecture can be, in a sense, analogous to a Tree, with its branches and leaves that intertwine and spread out, forming various layers for use,” said the architects.
They continue, “It can also be metaphorically meant spatial levels offering miscellaneous chambers at different heights in a Cave, as regards prehistoric men being accommodated.”
The building features cafés on multiple floors including the roof, and multipurpose spaces on the fourth floor. The standout feature is the double façade, composed of triangulated brick tiles, providing shading to the spaces inside. The brick façade recycles 20,000 brick tiles, creating inspiring solution on reducing construction waste and carbon emission of the building.
The design also features transitional spaces on the upper floors, inserted between the steel and glass façade and the outer brick shell. The space is meant to provide outdoor seating and features relaxing net on the floor, cut out for the visitors to relax.
‘Ngói space’ rethinks how we build and provides an elegant solution to manage our construction waste. It treats waste as a resource and reconfigures it to provide shade and unique identity to the building. Internally, through its flexible space planning, it acts as a communal home, to be used as a meeting place for the community.
Architect: H&P Architects
Location: Vuon Dao area, Phuc Loc road, Uy No commune, Dong Anh, Hanoi, Vietnam
Team: Doan Thanh Ha ,Tran Ngoc Phuong, Luong Thi Ngoc Lan, Tran Van Duong, Nguyen Hai Hue, Ho Manh Cuong, Nguyen Van Thinh, Trinh Thi Thanh Huyen
Land Area: 197 m2
Total Floor Area: 510 m2
Completion Date: Jan. 2021
Main Materials: Tile Viglacera Dong Anh (20.000 pieces), concrete, steel, glass
Photographer: Le Minh Hoang
The Corporation H&P Architects (HPA) was established in Vietnam on 11/6/2009 by architects Doan Thanh Ha and Tran Ngoc Phuong.
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