Highland Urban Villages

Highland Urban Villages

Our visions focuses on creating a memorable experience: a must go destination with a variety of experiences for the visitor to extend their stay, creating a sense of place: elevating the qualities that make it unique while enhancing local business and regional tourism and harmony: natural splendor and simplicity of living with modern convenience.
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Background

To the northwest of Hanoi, tucked close to the mountainous regions of Vietnam, lies this village with a traditional agricultural economy. With beautiful natural features, terraced landscapes and indigenous culture, the plan explored the potential for preserving its agricultural heritage and making the most of its landscape and tourism value.

Our vision of the village that is set between highlands and a low-lying stream

Location: Vietnam

Size: 270 Ha

Services offered: Master planning + Landscape design

The site has a high ridge on the right to its north, a thin strip of low land on the left, and a stream-side area to the south, doubled as a water catchment area. It is planned as agricultural land with landscape value, devoid of residential or tourism purposes.

Illustrative map of the site and surroundings

Vision

Our vision focuses on creating a memorable experience: a must-go destination with a variety of experiences for the visitor to extend their stay, creating a sense of place: elevating the qualities that make it unique while enhancing local business and regional tourism and harmony: natural splendor and simplicity of living with modern convenience.

Spatial strategies

After much deliberation, research on local tourism conditions and engagement with local communities, it was decided that the key approach focuses on preserving the natural ecological system and protecting valuable terraced landscapes. Conserving the local vulnerable ecosystem and minimising flood risk are also among the highest priorities.

Moreover, the existing village communities will be honoured by establishing two distinct communities, each reflecting its unique characteristics and potential, seamlessly integrating into the new township.

The proposal also outlines a fresh traffic system that interweaves with existing pathways to complement each other, linking locations and concepts. This will be achieved through investing in a cohesive infrastructure framework, repurposing existing roads into pedestrian walkways and bicycle lanes, all the while enhancing and ensuring upkeep, potentially substituting the main road in case of emergencies.

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Existing village communities will be honoured by establishing two distinct communities, each reflecting its unique characteristics and potential, seamlessly integrating into the new township.

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