Nha Trang City Civic Centre

Nha Trang City Civic Centre

“As my life pushes forth, my heart will remain. By the water, with the waves; up the mountains, in the plains.” - Nha Trang, by Sóng Hồng
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Project Context

“The pearl of the East Sea,” Nha Trang city, possesses invaluable natural heritage, where mountains and sea converge. The project is located in the heart of Nha Trang city, surrounded by many cultural icons such as Tram Huong Tower, and Nha Trang cathedral; and opening to Nha Trang Bay on the East, forming incredible vistas that cannot be found anywhere else.

Although possessing many advantages, Nha Trang has limited public space for local residents, beyond the beachfront that is often populated by tourists. As for the project site, many hotels and highrises separate it from the coast, leading to a loss of connection with and sight of the sea. Surrounding the project is dense residential built-up, leaving little room for parks and landscaping. 

The design for the administrative centre of Nha Trang will need to overcome these contextual challenges to contribute to the preservation and promotion of this cultural heritage, honouring the picturesque landscape here, while providing much-needed public space and community functions for the residents of the city.

Vision

The Nha Trang Administrative Centre is envisioned to be an urban lounge – a space of convergence for people and heritage, contributing to the vibrancy of this modern seaside city. The building will fill in an important gap for the public realm, functioning both as a government office, but also a respite for its people through meaningful playscapes, running within and across the space.  

Principles 

  • Rooted in nature: interweaving green spaces throughout the building, both horizontally and vertically, to overcome the small project site while capturing the sweeping views of mountains, forests, and the sea
  • Embedded in community: expanding the streetscape by providing public space within the building complex for community cultural activities
  • Rich in culture: contributing to the heritage axis of Dien Khanh citadel – Tram Huong tower through exquisite architectural design and use of local materials 
  • Flexible in use: enhancing cooperation with effective connection between government functions and public service functions 

 

Design statement

The design is inspired by the beautiful landscape of Nha Trang with golden sunshine, blue sea and white sand; the poetic beauty of reed lawns, and the surrounding mountain ranges that embrace the majestic sea. The three-part design, in response to the landscape, serves three functions of the building: reception area, common areas, and office area.

The base is inspired by warm terracotta bricks from the Cham tower, the middle is inspired by the fishing nets of fishermen and ceramics. The tower part represents the future urban with the contrast of glass and aluminium bars.

Services provided: Urban design, architectural design, landscape design

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The Nha Trang Administrative Centre is envisioned to be an urban lounge - a space of convergence for people and heritage, contributing to the vibrancy of this modern seaside city. The building will fill in an important gap for the public realm, functioning both as a government office, but also a respite for its people through meaningful playscapes, running within and across the space.

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