vo trong nghia drapes layer of greenery to balconies of atlas hotel vietnam
vo trong nghia drapes layer of greenery to balconies of atlas hotel vietnam vo trong nghia drapes layer of greenery to balconies of atlas hotel vietnam
nov 21, 2016

vo trong nghia drapes layer of greenery to balconies of atlas hotel vietnam


the atlas hotel is a green-filled holiday destination located in hoi an’s UNESCO heritage old town in vietnam. completed by vo trong nghia architects, the project combines the charm of the old town, the local tiled architecture and spatial quality to result in the five-storey hotel to reconnect guests with nature.

vo trong nghia atlas hotel vietnam designboom
all images © hiroyuki oki



several internal courtyards define the organization of vo trong nghia’s scheme. the hotel features a linear layout that has been lifted to free the space underneath, transforming this into a sheltered network of inter-connected courtyards. due to the irregularity of the site each of the 48 guest rooms are shorter but wider than typical hotel rooms. this presented an opportunity for the architects to design the rooms with greater access  and immersion to greenery not only from the bedroom but also from the bathroom.

vo trong nghia atlas hotel vietnam designboom
the entire ground floor is open-plan space due to the building being lifted



the brick and concrete façade has been constructed from locally-sourced sandstone. the exposed concrete slabs complement and give a sense of horizontality to the building. meanwhile planters and a layer of draping plants are arranged along balconies of the entire façade of the hotel. this not only provides solar shading but also allows cooler air to ventilate the spaces and minimize the use of air conditioning. greenery adds a welcoming aspect and softens the concrete and brick building. ultimately, the integration of nature promotes the rejuvenation of rapidly changing neighborhood in the old town of hoi an and in turn, will contribute to the improvement of the wider urban landscape.

vo trong nghia atlas hotel vietnam designboom
the draping plants overhang each side of the building

the hotel is located in the old town, well known for its charateristic tiled-roofscape and its internal courtyards

 facilities include a restaurant, café, rooftop bar, spa, gym and swimming pool

there are in total 48 guest rooms with private balconies

guests can be naturally ventilated due to the large amount of greenery integrated

the linear layout is divided into several internal courtyards

the building façade is clad with locally-sourced sandstone pieces, exposed concrete slabs and a series of planters



project info:


client: danh co., ltd.
architect firm: vo trong nghia architects
interior design: vo trong nghia architects
principal architects: vo trong nghia, tran thi hang
design team: le thanh tung, pham huu hoang, nguyen thi ha vi, le thanh tan, nguyen ngoc thien chuong,
status: completed in may, 2016
program: hotel & leisure
location: 30 dao duy tu, hoi an, quang nam, vietnam
site area: 1,348 sqm
gfa: 3,115 sqm







have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

comments policy
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.


a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

architecture news

keep up with our daily and weekly stories
502,379 subscribers
- see sample
- see sample