H&P architects install a ceiling of beads inside vietnamese hair salon
H&P architects install a ceiling of beads inside vietnamese hair salon H&P architects install a ceiling of beads inside vietnamese hair salon
jan 19, 2017

H&P architects install a ceiling of beads inside vietnamese hair salon


in hanoi city, vietnamese firm H&P architects have completed the interior renovation of a hairdressing salon in the bustling van quan area. in an attempt to reduce the waste and low overall budget, the architects took the approach re-using the existing door, glass façade, furniture to establish a welcoming and distinctive presence among the neighborhood.

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H&P architects‘ aim for the ‘mành mành salon’ was to establish an unusual but familiar space. the five senses are explored through the decorative features integrated throughout the light-filled interior; the climbing vines; the tapping and rustling of the beads; the fragrance of the flowers and the offering of tea. a sense of warmth is addressed by the the juxtaposition of old and new materials, including the patterned brick, wooden counters and glass. the focus is the decorative ceiling made up about 200,000 wooden beads. these beads hang down at different lengths to produce an undulating curtain floating above – mimicking the pitched ceiling.

there is a total of six haircutting stations

the ceiling is made up of two-hundred thousand beaded strings

the glass façade introduces natural light into the compact space

the wind rustles the beads creating a calming sound

the architects aim was to create an unusual but familiar interior

the ceiling is the focus of the salon

the beads hang down at different lengths

the hair salon is divided into three sections

the salon was a renovation project where existing elements still remain

front façade



project info:



location: van quan urban zone, ha dong district, hanoi, vietnam
architect: H&P architects

principal architects: doan thanh ha & tran ngoc phuong

team: pham linh chi, trinh thi thanhhuyen, chu kim thinh, nguyen hai hue, nguyen thi ngoc mai,
nguyen duc anh, nguyen xuan khiem, pham nang toan, ha van phu, nguyen ba dan, dao hong duong.

manual woodwork: mành mành salon, h&p architects, volunteers
land section area: 85m2
date of completion: nov. 2016





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