Lam café – Nha Trang Building, Vietnamese Restaurant

Vietnamese Cafe, Asian Restaurant Design, Architecture in Vietnam

Lam café, Vietnam : Nha Trang Building

Nha Trang Architecture, Vietnam – design by a21studĩo

20 Aug 2012

Lam café, Nha Trang

Architects: a21studĩo

Project Description

Located in the city center of NhaTrang, LAM Café is the place where the local people and the tourists from every where can come to enjoy not only coffee but also the architectural space. The name of LAM, which means ‘louvers’ in English, expresses the structure and the architectural concept by itself.

Lam café Nha Trang café Nha Trang café Building Nha Trang café
photographs : Hiroyuki Oki

The roof that has the shape of coconut leaves covers 350m2 of the 800m2 total area. The concept comes from the image of coconut trees, which is common in this coastal city. Wooden louveris considered as a main design language because the land wasrent in limited time so that the construction should be the fastest, cheapest and easy to remove.

The building is located in there sidential area that isnot stylish and tidy so that the roof is designed carefully to control and support the nice view. The roof contains three layers: coconut leaves – the lowest layer, tiling layer – the middle one and the last layer of fishing nets. In the future, this roof will be covered by plant to become a green roof.

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photographs : Hiroyuki Oki

Wooden louver system isnot only the aestheti celement butal so the solution for construction. Louvers are considered as a partition and a load-bearing component as well. The space created by louvers isnot too close as ‘box café’ or too open as ‘country side cafe’. The natural lighting and ventilation come through the system of wooden louvers bring the interesting feeling to each seat.

Nha Trang café Nha Trang Building
photographs : Hiroyuki Oki

Lam café, Nha Trang – Building Information

Name of project: Lam café
Location: 105b Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai, Nha Trang, Vietnam
Project area: 876 m2
Building area: 333 m2
Materials: rock, “Sam na” wood, coconut leaf, granitoid
Completed: 2011
Company Name: a21studĩo, Vietnam
Designers: Hiệp Hòa Nguyễn, Nhơn Quí Nguyễn

Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki

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