Minimalist white passageways lead to 21 treatment rooms whose glass walls open onto the lush internal garden
The Naman Retreat in Danang, Vietnam, features
walls of vegetation
There’s a reason why traditional Southeast Asian architecture was characterised by stilt houses and permeable interiors: firmly sealed walls are a disadvantage in steamy tropical climates. That’s a lesson put into practice by Vietnam’s MIA Studio in its design for a day spa in an upmarket resort in Danang. Renowned bamboo specialist Vo Trong Nghia had already completed three structures at the spa, and while MIA used different materials, they created something no less connected to the natural world. Clad in metal fins that filter the sunlight, the spa is essentially outdoors, with walls of vegetation that spill into a central courtyard. Minimalist white passageways lead to 21 treatment rooms whose glass walls open onto the lush internal garden. The building includes massage rooms, a gym, meditation facilities and yoga studios, as well as an outdoor pool in the courtyard. Though Danang has a hot and humid coastal climate, the fins and greenery form a screen that shelters the interior of the building from direct sunlight while allowing for cross-ventilation that keeps it cool throughout the day.
CLAD mag 2017 ISSUE 2