Vo Trong Nghia is best known for their majestic bamboo domes and social projects across Asia, but their latest project is among their most ambitious. Named after the ancient fertile plain, the Babylon Hotel offers a tranquil seaside stay in Naman, Vietnam. Constructed with natural stone, local bamboo and precast concrete, the three-story building hides behind a flourishing leafy screen.
The Babylon Hotel is located at the coastal Naman Retreat Resort among villas and bungalows. Created for relaxation of the body and mind, the hotel accommodates guests within a natural lush environment. It is wrapped in greenery that hangs and creeps up through a system of precast concrete louvers with a wooden texture.
Its luscious skin not only adds beauty but reduces direct sunlight, creates oxygen, allows the breeze to flow and keeps the interiors private. Arranged in an L-shape that embraces the swimming pool, the three-story building provides a discreet atmosphere immersed in wonderful nature.
Inside, the rooms are open-plan, minimalist, bright and airy. And have their own balcony with amazing views into the sea, screened by a diverse mix of tropical plants and vines such as Quisqualis indica, Vernonia elliptica and Aglaia duperreana.
Photos by Hiroyuki Oki for Vo Trong Nghia