DeciBel(Architecture))) Reveals New Images for the ‘Hanoi Lotus’ in Vietnam
DeciBel(Architecture))) based in Australia has unveiled new renderings of their design for the multi-purpose theater and cultural center in Hanoi, Vietnam. The ‘Hanoi Lotus’ is located along an important route which connects the capital city with Noi Bai Aiport. The new building is meant to celebrate the country’s long history and growing economy. Its distinct form, which is inspired by Vietnam’s national flower, is based on top of a new storm-water mitigation lake. “The Hanoi Lotus Building will rise out of this 19ha lake as a symbol of growth and prosperity for the bustling city of Hanoi,” states the designers.
The ‘Hanoi Lotus’ will include facilities like a 2000-seat multipurpose theater and performance center, high technology business incubator center, offices, cinemas, ice-skating rink, and restaurants. The project will be a meeting points for tens of thousands of locals and visitors, and as the designers say, “Its iconic nature will position Vietnam and Hanoi on the global stage.”
The lotus form of the Hanoi Lotus follows a pentagonal grid system which is inspired by the five points of an outstretched person: head, arms, and legs, as well as many natural structures that follow the same ratio, including the petals of a lotus flower. So, with the Lotus-shaped building at the center of the pentagonal grid, the project can outstretch in all directions, without any restrictions to linearity. “This approach provides flexibility to the design as based on this central node point the grid can be scaled up or down at any point in the design process without affecting the organizational principles of the site,” explains the designers.
The lotus petals enveloping the project are comprised of multiple layers which include colored fins, glazing panels, lighting elements, connectors, and bracing for support. In addition to the aesthetic value provided by the petals, they act as shading elements for the restaurants and other interior spaces. They will, also, direct the light to the main atrium which will, consequently, lead them to the theater entrance.