Tue Pham

Tue Pham

Austin, TX, US



Hanoi Contemporary Performing Arts is set in a particular urban context: the new city development in a decade grow upon a traditional craftmanship village; Giang Vo Lake that lies besides the theater once were surrounded by old house and ancient pagodas. Now this area has transformed dramatically due to economic boost with unprecedented apartment tower, office and store, overshadowing the traditional structures. Therefore,  the theater though being a civil venue organizing comprehensive contemporary performing art activities also carries a larger mission: a district cultural pivot and a modern symbol of the endangered value and architecture.

By studying the traditional North Vietnam architecture and costume, the characteristic of curving line is distinguished, which give way to the gesture of the building. The theater conveys contrasting appearance: in overall view, it express intertwining, overlapping roof plates representing folk-dress tissues, on the other hand in perspective, it possesses stillness of symetricality and slight curve of traditional pagoda. The motif of curving line continues in shaping surroung landscape.

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Status: School Project
Location: Giang Vo Lake, Hanoi, Vietnam
My Role: Designer