G8A celebrates the beginning of construction for the future Jakob Factory in Ho Chi Minh City. Based on passive climatic strategies adapted to the tropical region the design aims to be a pioneer in Vietnam, with a 100% naturally ventilated space. The smart green facade envelope has lush hanging geotextile planters that offer a new dimension to sustainable design.
The project marks an important international expansion for Jakob, the innovative Swiss steel manufacturing company, and furthers its already existing partnership with G8A.
As construction continues in Geneva for the residential project “The Twin-Lah”, apparitions of the Singaporean influence become more visible. Since the very first sketches, the requirements of the client led the narration and process through which the house was designed. Living at that time in Singapore, one of his main wishes was to bring a piece of his hometown to Switzerland. Here with name “The Twin-Lah” we wink at the colloquial Singaporean dialect Singlish; a mix of English, Malay, Hokkien, Teochew, Cantonese and Tamil.
To be permanently housed in G8A’s “Jungle Station” in Ho Chi Minh City, French artist Laurent Barnavon’s installation “Reflection” combines techniques of origami and kirigami. The laser-cut reflective Inox reproduces and alters the surrounding space representing the dual sense of the work’s title.
Beginning and completing the building’s perspective with these feature walls both opens and concludes the architectural dialogue. Here an interesting discussion is offered between G8A’s architectural design “Jungle Station” and Barnavon’s “Reflection”.
On the 21st of June, G8A was privileged to host ASA Studio’s Design Director Dr. Thanh for his presentation “Vertical Illumination” presenting not only a brief history of lighting design but also the importance of lighting as a design element used to maximize spatial quality, visual comfort, and energy efficiency.
For the full presentation connect to the live-stream video series via the G8A facebook page.
Construction soon to commence for a mixed program community space in Northern Hanoi.
In opposition to habitual design trends that focus on increasing built density, the building plays with contrasts to propose a resilient microcosm within the urban context. The game of spatial and material dissimilarities generates a sustainable system, flexible and adaptable to the varied needs of the users.
The Quang Ninh Development project covers 150 hectares of elevated landscape nestled on the hillside overlooking Halong Bay. The region mythical for it’s turquoise waters and limestone islets is protected under UNESCO heritage attracting local and international tourists year-round. The masterplan seeks to further highlight the natural qualities of the landscape, respecting existing topology & integrating all the qualities of a green city.
Highlighted in the design is a controlled traffic and soft-mobility system. This, used in parallel with controlled density, facilitates the connections between residential & recreational spaces offered throughout the community.
The presentation of these green buildings goes beyond their physical attributes, providing insights into their design, environmental, economic, and social impacts. ‘Dense and Green Building Typologies: Architecture as Urban Ecosystem’ opened this month as part of the ‘Time Space Existence’ exhibition hosted by the European Cultural Centre (ECC) at Palazzo Mora in Venice.
G8A was pleased to welcome Danielle Labbé, Canadian architect and urban planning specialist, to present at the 12th HANOI TALKS. This presentation provided a cartographic portrait of large-scale land redevelopments (known as “new urban areas” or khu do thi moi – KDTM) on the periphery of Hanoi. Her lecture “The New Urban Areas of Hanoi: Spatial Dynamics & Territorial Issues”, along with a collection of past presentations can be viewed via the G8A facebook page.
Thank you to the National University of Civil Engineering for inviting Partner Grégoire Du Pasquier to be part of today’s final year critique panel. The students of the Francophonie department have only four months to prepare their projects to be presented before the jury, their last task before graduation. Congratulations to the students for completing such a heavy mission and especially those who have been selected to enter the national student competition and the recipients of the scholarships to further their education at l’INSA in Strasbourg.
An important phase of construction is nearing completion for The Alps Residencies complex in Singapore. The 626 unit project is in the ideal location of Tampines, we will soon enter into the completion phase of the project set to house residents in 2019.
Named after the strong iconic skyline, reminiscent of miniature of the Swiss Alps mountains, the project is a reinterpretation of European open courtyard typology with each storey steeped with green roof terraces.
In the core of Ho Chi Minh City and enclosed in the center of a large factory complex; “Jungle Station” the entirely refurbished printing factory officially opened this week. The conception of a tropical environment responds not only to the logistical complications of shared program condensation but also reflects on the intangible experience of shared space.
Co-working programs must effectively combine the positives of both public and private arenas offering the professional users an efficient resource platform whilst also encouraging social interactions.
G8A Partner Grégoire du Pasquier has this week been invited to present at the “Making Green Growth Work: Perspectives from Switzerland and Vietnam” and the “Smart City: Inspiring to build the cities of the future” forums in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. With the presence of Federal Councillor Madame Doris Leuthard, and jointly organized by the Embassy of Switzerland and the Ministry of Planning and Investment of Vietnam to provide a platform for government officials, development experts and the private sector to examine the positive impacts of green growth and smart city technology and their potential for evolution in Vietnam.
On the 3rd of April Partner Manuel Der Hagopian will be presenting alongside a selected panel of international specialists in the stream “Urban Regeneration and Inclusive Development” for the 9th affordable housing projects symposium. Manuel will be discussing the current challenges of high-density housing projects and the strengthening demand for architectural design to become a vehicle for community development.
The annual event organised by the Marcus Evans Group in Singapore promotes a four day program including a series of conferences and professional workshops.
Another milestone as we celebrated the beginning of the “Concrete Waves” construction process with the groundbreaking ceremony held last month. This marks the beginning of phase one of three on the new FPT Software offices. Upon completion the 35,000 meter square project is set to house some 7’000 employees becoming a cornerstone for the software developing company.
As the year of the Rooster comes to an end, we thank you for your kind support and look forward to another year of achievements together. May your family, friends and dear colleagues pass a happy, healthy and prosperous year of the Dog.
The Hanoia brand opens its new store suitably located in a place rooted in history on Ly Thai To Street within the Metropole Hotel in Hanoi. Hanoia is well known for its high-quality and meticulously handcrafted lacquer products, that echo Vietnamese tradition. The project is fivefold: envelope heritage, promote traditional craftmanship, mix traditional and contemporary materials, create a feature wall and a striking visual connection to Metropole’s beautiful spanning elevation, ensuring Hanoia stands out amongst the other international brands.
After 10 years of accomplishments between East and West, we are delighted to share our brand-new identity which celebrates our past achievements and continued growth.
For the 2017 Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects Excellence Awards, Punggol Waterway Terrace’s design takes away this year’s gold award in the residential category. The awards showcase the best of Singapore’s landscape architects, setting new benchmarks in design and celebrating best practices, also serving as a platform to elevate Singapore’s City in a Garden vision.
Located in the North-West of Hanoi, the masterplan of “cultural island” endeavours to be one of the most environmentally sustainable of Hanoi’s new developments. The project responds simultaneously to the need to densify the area whilst offering local inhabitants inclusive public spaces merged with sporting and cultural facilities.
This week director Nicolas Moser is invited to share group8asia’s latest synopsis “Architainability” at the Vietnam Green Building Council seminar Health and Comfort in Residential Design in Ho Chi Minh City. The presentation focuses on the responsibility of architectural practice to create context relevant, sustainable designs to promote wellbeing today and for future generations.
Concept design for the new Fsoft office building has been approved. Taking advantage of its prominent location between the Central and Summer Park the project develops a unique “infinity” shape that marries the landscape of the park to the Hoa Lac High-Tech Park masterplan, both designed by group8asia. The building typology developed in High Tech Landscape and Concrete Lace, inspired by traditional craft villages in the region of Hanoi, is pushed one step further by exploring the concept of an “infinite” courtyard.
On the 30th of August partner Manuel der Hagopian was invited to present at the Dense and Green Building Typologies: Architecture as Urban Ecosystem conference organised by the Singapore University of Technology and Design and the Future Cities Laboratory hosted by the URA. The Symposium bought together important stakeholders, including policy makers, planners, developers, architects and landscape architects, to discuss how dense and green building typologies can contribute to developing compact yet highly liveable future cities.
As part of the International Union of Architects’ World Congress event to be held in Seoul this September, group8asia will be presenting the residency projects Gordon Bennett and Punggol Waterway Terraces in order to highlight the foundations of the agency’s practice. This presentation puts forward the added value in knowledge transfer from Europe to Asia whilst valorising local context and developing concepts further in each project.
Designed as a sensitive object that responds to its context and to the background of its owner, this project appears as the storytelling of a Singaporean pink house which moved and settled at the foot of the Mont-Blanc. Currently under construction, the façade prototype is a reflection of the detailed and intense research that has created a distinctive pattern for the external expression of the Pink House, developed in collaboration with Collinfontaine.
Can you imagine a building where people and spaces are linked together by nature? Winning second prize, the proposal developed in collaboration with AGA for the future PSA Headquarters redefines the Singaporean skyline. A role model for an Integrated Liveable City development the iconic project harnesses the ideals of Work, Learn and Play. Highly efficient and connected spaces are sensitive to the human scale and the building responds to the unique duality between harbour and sea.
Group8asia has been awarded the project to develop a masterplan for a 500 ha artificial peninsula in Dragon Hill Do Son, Haiphong. The masterplan creates a sense of place with diverse programs that reinvigorate its green tourism heritage and respond to the region’s needs. Activities are designed to run through all four seasons, addressing the needs of the local population and the ever increasing number of visitors.
Following on from past sustainable design studios at the Singapore University of Technology and Design “New Sustainable Housing Mass” and “Industrial Shelter”, this year’s “High Density Seafront Housing” studio, led by group8asia partner Manuel Der Hagopian and assisted by associate Armand Devillard, has been completed. The studio book consists of strategically designed student projects and thoughtfully researched case studies that complement the hard work and dedication throughout the studio.
After having won the international competition last year for the hotel, residential and commercial project “The Parks”, group8asia Co-Founder Grégoire Du Pasquier has been invited to host a conference at the Ho Chi Minh University of Architecture. Using the Quy Nhon project as reference Mr. Du Pasquier will be exploring different theories and practice surrounding the combination of nature and architecture.
An important milestone in the development of Sustainable Design as the Singapore University of Technology and Design publish the works of their first cycle of students in the ASD program. To inspire the students in their formative years, group8asia co-founder Manuel der Hagopian with the assistance of associate Armand Devillard led the experimental studios questioning New Sustainable Housing Mass and Industrial Shelter.
As populations age, innovative solutions are needed to not only house older generations but also to enable them to continue leading fulfilling lives. These concepts are the baseline for The Twin Gardens project developed in partnership with local consultant Sung-Taeg Nam. group8asia’s proposal integrates both a retirement centre and senior citizens learning hub in a layout that allows for maximum communication in a village-style environment.
Manuel der Hagopian, co-founder and partner at group8asia, will be presenting at TEDxBaDinh on Sunday April 16th. His talk will focus on the increase in global demand and the problematics architects face when designing suitable solutions in unfamiliar cultural, climatic and geographic contexts. Sharing design strategies from projects in Vietnam, Singapore and Switzerland that helped address specific context.
Designed by architect David Jameson and located adjacent to the Marriott hotel, sit two stacked shaped villas for which group8asia has developed the concept design of the facades. Both equally beautiful in their intricate configuration, the facades have been conceived with a play of louvers, which subtly balance the internal complexity with the external simplicity.
Group8asia and Aedas have been awarded the coveted SG Mark 2017 Special Mention for Punggol Waterway Terraces I & II. The project has embodied the benefits of: empathy, value, inspiration, ethics and responsibility, sustainability and progress to deserve the award.
Established by the Singapore-ETH Centre, at the Swiss Technology Impact Platform (STIP) focuses on bringing together small and medium sized Swiss companies to explore interesting ways to contribute to sustainable urban development in Asia. Manuel Der Hagopian, partner at group8asia, participated along with other like-minded business, to discuss the challenges and potential opportunities offered in the region.
Last week saw the midterm studio critiques at SUTD for the “High Density Seafront Housing” studio led by group8asia partner Manuel Der Hagopian and juried by Yann Follain, architect at Wy-To and Patrick Bingham-Hall, architectural photographer, writer and editor (Pesaro Publishing). Students presented abstract models based on their chosen Asian poems, these will be a foundation for final architectural projects.
Group8asia is pleased to announce four new associates to the team: (from left) Duong Bao Trung, Nguyen Duy Tan, Phan The Ngoc and Le Hai Anh. They have all been highly instrumental in the many achievements of group8asia and will continue to engage with the founding partners and directors to ensure growth and success.
Thank you for all your support in 2016, it has been essential to our success and we are proud of our collaborative achievements. As we move into the auspicious year of the Rooster, we wish all our clients and partners good fortune in 2017! We look forward to another successful year.
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Following the success of previous Sustainable Design Studios at SUTD “New Sustainable Housing Mass – Singapore” and “Industrial Shelter – Zurich” Manuel Der Hagopian, partner at group8asia, has been invited to head a new studio for 2017. This year the project is located back in Singapore, observing the challenges and opportunities for high density seafront housing.
Located in Ho Chi Minh City, at the High Tech Park, the Centre for Research & Product development building will consist of offices, training areas and facilities. The proposal focuses on the notion of interconnectivity between working spaces and the natural environment. The interlocked design has a three-phased approach, first will welcome 4’000 staff.
The flagship of Hanoi, a well-known Vietnamese premium luxury brand, has opened its door on 38 Hang Dao. The old structure is a witness to the buildings historical past, while the lacquer products are a contemporary expression of a “new” Hanoi craftsmanship. The project is a beautiful narrative of how the old and new can occupy parallel space.
Manuel Der Hagopian, a Partner at group8asia, will be presenting at the World Architecture Festival on November 16th. The topic of discussion is centred on the Punggol Waterway Terraces I & II and how the design thinking is relevant to the current sensitivities in Europe.
In collaboration with NEY & Partners, “The Parks” project has been awarded 1st prize for the new Hoa Sen Tower competition in Quy Nhon. The project aims to become an opportunity to rethink the way to develop sea shores in Vietnam. It also includes existing components of Quy Nhon environment and nature in the design. Two sky bridges linking two residential and hotel towers are used as social and natural condensers that hold the two towers together.
In the “silicon-valley” area of North Vietnam, just 40km from the centre of Hanoi, the beautifully landscape park will be the heart of Hoa Lac high-tech development. The masterplan engages with contextual water conditions and relinks with natural design.
Collin Fontaine and group8asia have received the building permit for the Pink House. The client, who has spent a large part of his life in Asia, wanted the concept for the twin villas to be inspired by traditional Singaporean Shophouse design.
The Alps Residences, a 626 unit residential complex in Singapore, has been granted with Gold Award for the BCA BIM Awards 2016, Project Category. Congratulations to the entire team for this success.
Further to getting the Punggol Waterway Terraces I & II on the Singapore $50 note, the project has just won the HDB Design Award 2016 (Housing). Congratulations to the whole design team for pushing boundaries of sustainable mass housing design in a tropical climate.
Somerset West Point, an interior design and landscape project is now under construction, innovating the use of local raw materials to achieve a new luxury experience. Uniquely the project diminishes external noise to create a distinctive ambience, whilst the triple height, brick layered ‘Constellation Wall’ adds intrigue.
“Industrial Shelter” pavilion designed by Joel Yap, Sustainable Design Studio student at SUTD, has been selected and will be built on the public plaza of Neunbrunnen Strasse housing project, Oerlikon. The design celebrates the interdependence between structural poles and tensile cables that reminisce contextual history.
Building on the success of last year’s studio “New Sustainable Housing Mass”, this year the focus was “Industrial Shelter”, at the Sustainable Design Studio hosted by SUTD (Singapore University of Technology and Design) and led by Manuel Der Hagopian (Partner, group8asia).
Group8asia has completed the design stage for the new flagship store in Hanoi for a well-known Vietnamese premium retail brand, that will be located in a traditional communal shophouse in the heart of the city. The design philosophy is rooted in harmoniously integrating artisanal creativity of the brand to the beautiful traditional architecture
Group8asia is pleased to announce Armand Devillard as new associate and the nomination of two directors, Nicolas Moser and Laurence Savy at the head of Hanoi office. They have all been highly instrumental in the past few years and will continue to engage with the founding partners, Manuel Der Hagopian and Grégoire Du Pasquier, to ensure growth and success of group8asia.
The proposal is rooted in context, reflecting cityscape and public activity. These reflections celebrate Raffles Place in its complete reality; busy commuters, hoppers and socialisers enjoying the open public space. The project takes into account sustainable design and has taken care to specify materials that can be reused efficiently. Alice, the protagonist in this narrative, experiences Raffles Place through an emotional and physical journey. Ultimately, she discovers the moment, away from the chaos, when reality becomes blurred and daydreams in serenity.
Group8asia has been awarded 3rd prize for the Nodeul Dream Island international competition. The island is seen as a living organism that can grow, adapt, react and transform itself into a wide range of configurations to serve cultural, commercial and social functions. The green dot project aims to become a prototype that is environmentally, economically and socially sustainable.
“Architecture as a Theatre” exhibition is opening at Hanoi Nanoco-Panasonic showroom until Saturday, July 23rd 2016. Please join us in celebrating Regis Golay’s works, which are a collection of group8asia’s projects.
Group8asia has been awarded 1st prize for the Vietnam Shipbuilding Industry Operation Centre competition. Redefining the Hanoi skyline, the unique design offers unparalleled views of the vibrant city. The mixed use building, also described as ‘green vertical city’, will harmoniously integrate architecture and landscape. More than 70’000m2 space for offices and apartments is spread through blocks that are fragmented by sky gardens and lush green terraces.
Architecture as a theatre exhibition will be held in Hanoi on 23rd June; organised by group8asia and photographer Régis Golay in collaboration with Nanoco Gallery showroom (which was built by Vo Trong Nghia Architects, Vietnam). Golay’s works, which are a collection of group8asia’s projects, showcase intense compositions that beckon us to ponder and to marvel at his creative process. Through his photos, magic unfolds and gives us a glimpse into a world that is often hidden in plain sight.
Together with rollimarchini architects, group8asia has designed the Jakob Saigon factory in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The design is true to its Swiss roots based on two principles, efficiency and aesthetics. The project aims to be a pioneer in Vietnam, with a 100% naturally ventilated factory. Based on passive climatic strategies, adapted to tropical region, the design has developed a porous facade. The smart green envelope has lush hanging geotextile planters that offer a new dimension to sustainable design.
The Alps condominium will soon be under construction in Tampines, Singapore. The design, rooted in the ‘Swiss Alps’ concept, seamlessly connects the more than 600 unit buildings to the landscape. The skyline of the residences is formed in reference to the mountains. Details and concepts, worked out by physical models, reimagine views within the whole precinct by investigating spaces between tight and open areas.
A recent exhibition “architecture as a theatre” was held in Saigon, organised by group8asia and photographer Régis Golay in collaboration with DIA Project gallery. Golay’s works, which are a collection of group8asia’s projects, showcase intense compositions that beckon us to ponder and to marvel at his creative process.
One of the main project goals were to keep the building integrative, to fit like a piece of a puzzle, in the master plan of Zurich Nord. The scheme maintains the industrial character of its context, but adds an elegant touch through design and colours.
Hoa Lac High Tech Park’s Project Management Unit has revealed to the public the new approved masterplan designed by group8asia for the future hoa lac technologic park. The masterplan of 65ha proposes sustainable strategies able to bring identity and flexibility to one of Vietnam’s largest hightech park area.
Group8asia unveils the proposal for the Saigon River Cliffs competition held by CapitaLand Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The Saigon River Cliffs development defines itself as a new landmark, linking the city to the qualities of the waterfront. The playful skyline is offering harmonious declivities and summits, allowing the whole cluster to enjoy the qualities of its surroundings, and react to possible future evolutions.
Group8asia unveils the proposal for the second part of Tampines North neighnorhood competition held by HDB (Housing Developement Board) in Singapore. The Sky Forest @ Tampines North development is in line with the overall urban design guideline, the entire leaf concept of the masterplan is manifested with the main stem being the lushly planted boulevard park branching out to the green tapestries that run through the precinct.
The interior design of the public spaces of FPT university in Hanoi is now completed. These communal spaces, interpreted as “Room Of Knowledges” offer to the student the perfect place to work, to meet and to share.
Manuel Der Hagopian will give a lecture on the 2nd of March at the occasion of the FCL (Future Cities Laboratory) Lunch talk at the SINGAPORE – ETH CENTER. Driven by the Singaporean history of public housing, group8asia proposes an exploration through the specific context of the Punggol Waterway Terraces project’s process. FCL Lunch Talks are open to all. Please register here.
Manuel Der Hagopian is invited as guest professor at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) for the first semester of 2016. The studio «Industrial Shelter» proposes to explore the cracks of the post-industrial context of Oerlikon area in Zurich as potential social value. The program will be manifested under the form of a public multifunctional and sustainable «shelter».
At the beginning of January 2015, group8asia Singapore office will be relocated at 22 Gemmill Lane #03-02, Singapore 069257.