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Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi, Vietnam | 2014
Architects: Doan Thanh Ha and Tran Ngoc Phuong, H&P Architects
Design Team: Luu Viet Thang, Chu Kim Thinh, Nguyen Hai Hue, Ho Manh Cuong, Nguyen Thi Xuyen, Nguyen Gia Phong, and Nguyen Van Thinh
Client: Cheering Restaurant
Contractors: Hexagon.,jsc, Tung Chau.,jsc, Hung Phat.,jsc
Photographers: Nguyen Tien Thanh
Located at the center of Hanoi, Cheering Restaurant is renovated from a long-closed project which still remains steel frame structure and reusable covering materials such as: glass, steel, bar steel, sheet-metal roof.
The life on sidewalk, where many daily activities of Hanoi people, especially cuisine happen from daytime to nighttime, inspired the designers to create a space that recalls ancient trees - a familiar image in streets of this thousand-year-old city and gradually spreading upwards in order to create "tree roots" for separating spaces and make children playground. The "tree roots" continue growing alternately to make a stable frame which helps reducing heat and creating various shadows from the polycarbonate roof. In the middle of the roof is an air layer which is cooled and cleaned automatically by water spraying system linked to the rainwater collection tank.
The proposal does not divide Structure and Covering; Ceiling and Wall; blurs the boundary between Inside and Outside; thoroughly utilizes Views and Landscape. It creates special experiences for the users and brings people closer to nature by a space which contains the essence of Hanoi cuisine culture on sidewalk.
The restaurant is a solution to the dialogue between contemporary architecture and the context full of historical and cultural values, while still contributes to reshape the urban and architectural picture in Hanoi central area - where every square meter costs billions VND.