Architecture can connect with nature, serve a purpose and bring visual charm all at the same time. This seems to be the case with Ngói Space, a multipurpose building located in a residential area outside Hanoi, Vietnam. Ngói Space sits on a corner, drawing attention from every angle. H&P Architects compare the design to that of a tree, such as a branching banyan or bodhi tree, merged with elements of a cave.
H&P Architects designed Ngói Space not only as a community hub but as an example of tilework architecture. Many of the existing and crumbling tile-ceiling buildings in the country are torn down with little consideration for material recycling. Yet, the tile is a familiar natural material, so the architects chose to use it in unfamiliar ways, creating curtains and walls rather than just traditional tile ceilings.
With this project, the architects said, “The Ngói space was created as an inspiring solution to reusing these memory-filled tiles.” A press release further explained, “On a larger scale, it orientates users towards a sustainable tomorrow, from the perspective of reaching back to the past to recognize and rediscover the core and hidden values of the original space and use those values to create spaces of the future.”
The eye-catching design incorporates 20,000 ‘viglacera dong anh tiles’ into the exterior, forming five levels of clay tile triangles as an exterior skin to the building. The roofing tiles form a shaded space between that exterior and a glass wall on the interior layer. Floor nets and casual areas to enjoy a cold beverage with friends fill the void. The building also includes a two-floor café, a multifunctional space for seminars or exhibitions on the fourth floor and a rooftop garden.
Photography by Le Minh Hoang via H&P Architects