Situated in the middle of Vietnam between Da Nang and Hoi An cities, this project is located in an area with many tourist attractions, such as the ancient town in Hoi An and beaches. The brief was to create a resort that would correspond with Vietnam’s handicrafts, traditions and climate. The resort has an overall eco-friendly concept and was built with a mix of greenery, stone and bamboo.
GREEN FAÇADE AND OTHER ECO-DESIGN STRATEGIES
The buildings of the resort have been designed to withstand the local climate and provide evaporative cooling for the guests’ comfort. Babylon Hotel, the tallest building in the resort, is designed with a system of vertical concrete louvres covering the façade—a prototype of double skin layer, adding available spaces for interlaced greening, while reducing heat from direct sunlight and allowing for natural wind flow. It is a visible landmark from the direction of the coastline and stands out from the rest of the nearby buildings. The 32-room, three-storey building is arranged in an L-shaped layout enclosing a swimming pool.
BAMBOO USE AND TECHNIQUES
For the central facilities of the resort—the conference hall, restaurant and bar, and the beach bar—bamboo has been applied extensively. There are two types of bamboo used in the buildings: Luong bamboo for the straight columns, chosen for its strength and length that can reach up to 8 metres; and Tam Vong bamboo for the arches, for its flexibility. The design follows the features of each bamboo type to combine them in the most efficient way.
|Project Name||Naman Retreat|
|Location||Da Nang, Vietnam|
|Completion Date||March 2015|
|Site Area||3 hectares|
|Gross Floor Area||9,452 square metres (Babylon Hotel: 2,480 square metres; conference hall: 773 square metres; beach bar: 143 square metres; Hay Hay Restaurant and bar: 2,124 square metres and 100 square metres)|
|Number of Rooms||81|
|Building Height||15 meters|
|Client/Owner||Thanh Do Investment Development and Construction JSC|
|Architecture Firm||Vo Trong Nghia Architects|
|Civil & Structural Engineer||Viet Structure JSC|
|Main Contractor||Thanh Do Investment Development and Construction JSC|
|Subcontractors||Vo Trong Nghia Architects; Vinaconex 25 JSC; Thanh Quan JSC|
|Images/Photos||Hiroyuki Oki; Vo Trong Nghia Architects|