Excerpt: Huong An Vien Visiting Center designed by VTN Architects is set within a natural landscape as a part of the Cemetery. Traditionally, cemeteries are associated with a heavy atmosphere of death, loss and grief, creating a sense of melancholy and hence it was agreed to seek an architectural solution in order to design a more peaceful and tranquil space.
[Text as submitted by architect] The Huong An Vien Visiting Center, set within a natural landscape as part of a cemetery area about 10 km southwest of Hue, is a structure made purely out of bamboo.
Traditionally, cemeteries are associated with a heavy atmosphere of death, loss and grief, creating a sense of melancholy. Therefore, the client and the architect mutually agreed to seek an architectural solution in order to design a more peaceful and tranquil space.
Surrounded by a network of four lakes and nearby mountains, the park of Huong An Vien is home to trees, flowers and a variety of other vegetation, which already helps with creating a lighter and brighter feeling. Hence, in terms of the architectural design aspect, the highly-curved bamboo roof took inspiration from the softness and tenderness of nearby Hue and the Huong River – a common association among Vietnamese people.
Further down, the eave is proportioned in a low position, technically designed to protect the inner structure from direct sunlight and rain, but also to allow the space to stay open and to obtain to the human scale. Huong An Vien Visiting Center appears to be a part of the natural context, a landmark in the park, yet shows its respect and gratitude to the ones who have passed away.
From the main to the auxiliary buildings, they all take advantage/benefit from the well-maintained and clean environment. We choose natural and affordable local materials such as bamboo, thatch and bricks. Perforated bricks, for instance, allow airflow and light to enter the inside. During the day, the building doesn’t need to rely on air-conditioning or artificial lighting.
Each building requires only a single module that is applied to the simple structure, which allows for fast assembly and is a low-cost building with regards to construction as well as maintenance.