May-Jun 2017




The Atlas Hotel is located in Hoi An’s Old Town, an area that has rapidly grown since it was officially declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999. Recently, most of the ancient houses have been converted into modern shops and restaurants that serve the daily influx of tourists. The neighbourhood is well known for its tiled-roofscape and internal courtyards that provide a layered spatial quality between the inner and outer spaces. This quality has, however, been slowly eroded due to chaotic commercial developments.

Located on an irregular plot of land, the design approach for the hotel is to turn this site constraint into its distinctive character. The linear layout is divided into several internal courtyards, and by lifting the building above the site, it completely frees the ground floor to create an interconnected network of courtyards. This spatial quality reflects the dynamism of the new Hoi An but also retains the charm of the Old Town. The five-storey hotel includes 48 guest rooms and various leisure functions such as a restaurant, café, rooftop bar, spa, gymnasium and swimming pool. Due to the complexity of the site, each guest room is shorter and wider than typical hotel rooms—this presented an opportunity for the rooms to have greater access to greenery not only from the bedroom but also from the bathroom.


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