Architecture

Zigzagging office provides a green and comfortable place to work

Zigzagging office provides a g...
The Viettel Offsite Studio is defined by six eye-catching V-shaped structures
The Viettel Offsite Studio is defined by six eye-catching V-shaped structures
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The Viettel Offsite Studio is defined by six eye-catching V-shaped structures
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The Viettel Offsite Studio is defined by six eye-catching V-shaped structures
The Viettel Offsite Studio's rooftop area is covered in greenery 
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The Viettel Offsite Studio's rooftop area is covered in greenery 
The Viettel Offsite Studio is located on the outskirts of Vietnam's capital Hanoi and is situated on a sloping plot of land, near a lake and trees
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The Viettel Offsite Studio is located on the outskirts of Vietnam's capital Hanoi and is situated on a sloping plot of land, near a lake and trees
The Viettel Offsite Studio is defined by six eye-catching V-shaped structures
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The Viettel Offsite Studio is defined by six eye-catching V-shaped structures
The Viettel Offsite Studio's concrete walls have openings at certain points to allow the breeze and light to pass through 
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The Viettel Offsite Studio's concrete walls have openings at certain points to allow the breeze and light to pass through 
The Viettel Offsite Studio's interior measures 1,427 sq m (roughly 4,680 sq ft)
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The Viettel Offsite Studio's interior measures 1,427 sq m (roughly 4,680 sq ft)
The Viettel Offsite Studio's interior areas are connected by an open corridor
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The Viettel Offsite Studio's interior areas are connected by an open corridor
The Viettel Offsite Studio measures 1,427 sq m (roughly 4,680 sq ft)
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The Viettel Offsite Studio measures 1,427 sq m (roughly 4,680 sq ft)
The Viettel Offsite Studio is located on the outskirts of Hanoi 
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The Viettel Offsite Studio is located on the outskirts of Hanoi 
The Viettel Offsite Studio measures 1,427 sq m (roughly 4,680 sq ft)
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The Viettel Offsite Studio measures 1,427 sq m (roughly 4,680 sq ft)
"The V-shaped walls are designed to be high to cut strong harsh sunlight from east and west, while giving an impressive exterior facade for the entrants," explains VTN Architects
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"The V-shaped walls are designed to be high to cut strong harsh sunlight from east and west, while giving an impressive exterior facade for the entrants," explains VTN Architects
The Viettel Offsite Studio's interior areas are connected by an open corridor
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The Viettel Offsite Studio's interior areas are connected by an open corridor
The Viettel Offsite Studio is situated next to the Viettel Academy Educational Centre, shown, also designed by VTN Architects
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The Viettel Offsite Studio is situated next to the Viettel Academy Educational Centre, shown, also designed by VTN Architects
The Viettel Academy Educational Centre provides short-term accommodation and training courses for Viettel staff
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The Viettel Academy Educational Centre provides short-term accommodation and training courses for Viettel staff
The Viettel Academy Educational Centre also features an abundance of greenery, including hanging gardens and roof gardens
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The Viettel Academy Educational Centre also features an abundance of greenery, including hanging gardens and roof gardens
The Viettel Academy Educational Centre provides short-term accommodation and training courses for Viettel staff
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The Viettel Academy Educational Centre provides short-term accommodation and training courses for Viettel staff
The Viettel Academy Educational Centre has multiple walkways connecting its 12 blocks
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The Viettel Academy Educational Centre has multiple walkways connecting its 12 blocks
The Viettel Academy Educational Centre includes water features 
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The Viettel Academy Educational Centre includes water features 
The Viettel Academy Educational Centre has walkways connecting its 12 blocks
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The Viettel Academy Educational Centre has walkways connecting its 12 blocks
The Viettel Academy Educational Centre's buildings are topped by small rooftop gardens
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The Viettel Academy Educational Centre's buildings are topped by small rooftop gardens

Vietnam's VTN Architects (Vo Trong Nghia Architects) continues its pursuit of adding greenery-infused architecture to its homeland with a pair of new projects in Hanoi. The most notable is named the Viettel Offsite Studio and is defined by a novel zigzagging form designed to provide staff with a green and comfortable work environment.

The Viettel Offsite Studio serves as an office facility for the Viettel telecommunications firm. It's located on a sloping plot of land near a lake and trees.

"The V-shaped walls are designed to be high to cut strong harsh sunlight from east and west, while giving an impressive exterior facade for the entrants," explains VTN Architects
"The V-shaped walls are designed to be high to cut strong harsh sunlight from east and west, while giving an impressive exterior facade for the entrants," explains VTN Architects

The 1,427 sq m (roughly 4,680 sq ft) building features six V-shaped areas which host a reception, a dining area, and four office spaces. The decor makes much use of exposed concrete and the spaces are connected by a breezy open corridor. The six areas are topped by rooftop gardens and greenery-filled outdoor work spaces and pathways, while the V-shaped walls are also intended to provide shade and to channel the breeze at different points.

"The V-shaped walls are designed to be high to cut strong harsh sunlight from east and west, while giving an impressive exterior facade for the entrants," explains VTN Architects. "The roof garden will work as an outside studio. The small holes on the wall will provide gentle light and wind to the roof studio."

The Viettel Offsite Studio is situated next to the Viettel Academy Educational Centre, shown, also designed by VTN Architects
The Viettel Offsite Studio is situated next to the Viettel Academy Educational Centre, shown, also designed by VTN Architects

VTN Architects' nearby Academy Educational Centre (pictured above) is part of the same campus and provides short-term accommodation and training courses for Viettel staff. It consists of a dozen brick buildings that are topped by small garden spaces. The firm installed hanging gardens and water features, as well as a series of concrete roofs/walkways that offer connection between the buildings' rooftops.

"The blocks are connected by multi-level circulation paths, such as corridors, ramps, and staircases," says the firm. "This offers many interesting views as well as various quiet areas for studying. Due to the humid tropical climate in Hanoi, a lightweight concrete roof is designed to cover the majority of semi-outdoor spaces, which also functions as a sky walk. Besides, the roof helps to reduce direct radiation from sunlight."

Both the Academy Educational Centre and Viettel Offsite Studio were completed earlier this year.

Source: Vo Trong Nghia Architects

4 comments
Username
If form should follow function it makes sense that no form should have no function. This studio sure seems to specialise in ugly.
aksdad
Dreary monolithic slabs of concrete, tiny windows, limited natural light, disorienting angles... what's not to love? An ideal habitat for bats. Or bat men. Bruce Wayne, are you in the market?
Rusty Harris
Those are some UGLY looking buildings, but the entire nation of Vietnam, since the 70's, has been mired in socialist ugly anyway, so I guess something different, makes it look better.
ReservoirPup
I wouldn't call anything green if it has too much concrete, or even a bit of it. It's 2019 now.