Covering over 10,000m2 of land, the proposed resort site covers two separate areas surrounded by a lush natural reserve, the infamous landscape of mountainous greenery found in between the major tourist destinations of Mai Chao and Ninh Binh.
For the presently untouched landscape of rice fields and wild forest, G8A begins the concept development phase of the project, exploring how to integrate with minimal impact a holistic experience of nature.
Following on from the Jungle Station project in Ho Chi Minh City, G8A and Toong once again come together with the recently opened Chromatic Station in central Hanoi. By opening a chasm of light linking the floors vertically, the project encourages fluid mobility and a connected environment, providing the users a colorful and active work space.
Users are able to meander between the espresso bar, events hall, debate booth, conversation corner, concept library, digital rest-space…all in easy connection to their central working area.
Recently opened in Hanoi, Organic Cafe goes against the trend of compressing building density, playing with contrasts to propose a resilient microcosm within the urban context. Composed of two lots; an existing seven storey tube house and a low-rise steel structure, the project draws its design references from traditional shophouse that provid natural ventilation and lighting across a horizontal organisation, their density broken up by intermittently distributed open plazas.
These design principles are reinterpreted by the use of vertical voids allowing for natural ventilation, lighting and comfortable social spaces.
Released last month by Birkhäuser Publishers, “Dense+Green Cities” presents research conducted by the Singapore-ETH Centre Future Cities Laboratory (FCL). Punggol Waterway Terraces is included as a benchmark case study in an effort to understand and evaluate some of the most recent and innovative Dense+Green Cities in Asia, the Americas and Europe. This publication questions; “In which ways does a “green building” contribute to the ecology of its surroundings? And how can ecologically designed urban districts, with their green and blue networks, link up with the elements and technologies of building design?”
G8A’s latest collaboration with FPT Software saw the recent opening of Concrete Waves on the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City. Building on the learnings of earlier projects, High Tech Landscape & Concrete Lace, this latest proposition explores the “yard typology” from a new perspective.
The building benefits from a rational floor plan and an exterior load bearing structure, smartly maximizing the floor layout and providing flexible interior space. Circulation paths inhabit the margins of the floor plans and users enjoy well shaded community areas on each level.
Last month saw the opening of “Building on Art: The 1st exhibition of Le Corbusier’s art in Singapore” also the first in the exhibition series co-curated by G8A and celebrating the opening of TB80 Space, Singapore’s new event and social meeting point. Showcasing a unique selection of the infamous Modernist’s artworks, the event is a first for Singapore. Co-curated with PLACART (Zurich) and kindly supported by the Embassy of Switzerland in Singapore and Space Furniture.
Please contact TB80 Space via facebook for more details.
In a joint venture with KCAP Architects&Planners, ARUP and Dreiseitl Studio Ramboll, G8A has been awarded the 2nd prize in the international competition for a new “Highly Interactive Innovation District (HIID)” in the eastern part of Ho Chi Minh City. The HCMC East Innovation District Masterplan offers a holistic vision for the short and the long-term development for the 220.000 km2 territory East of Ho Chi Minh City. The proposal provides a robust framework for urban transformation structured by the built and the natural ecosystem.
We congratulate Sasaki for winning the first prize!
As part of the global master plan for the Hoa Lac High-Tech park “Infinity Village” is the third of a series of “villages” distributed around a central park. In the form of two interlocking asymmetrical rings, each construction phase implements 35’000m2.
The project explores in-between space in the context of a sub-tropical climate, the exterior loop corridors are a secondary access designed as comfortable community space, giving users easy access to the unique “cloud yard” landscaping and shaded terraces.
The project goes forward with the submission of the final elements of the detailed design, soon moving on-site!
Vinh Long, located in an area of dynamic economic growth, has great potential to become an attractive and innovative city of Vietnam. Inspired by the success of previous international developments, G8A proposes to turn the Southern Vietnamese township’s administration center into a zone of lifestyle diversity, promoting sustainable growth with a long-term vision while proposing a healthy living environment for today.
Highlighting the sunny weather, direct relation to the Mekong River, & connection to the ubiquitous nature, allows these elements to act as social connectors, public spaces creators & sustainability platforms.
For G8A’s first SAIGON TALKS event “Spatial sensitivity & contemporary design” we are happy to present two very different perspectives on contemporary design practice welcoming architect Shunri Nishizawa, founder of NISHIZAWAARCHITECTS & Rachel Jahja, Associate Lecturer at RMIT University Vietnam. Together we will discuss issues facing the contemporary architecture and interior industry and how designers can find opportunities to respond to these, bringing forth positive change to spatial experience.
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With the first community of tenants settling into their new spaces this month, The Alps Residencies is now officially completed. Surrounding the interior courtyard block the two residencies compose an iconic cascading skyline, referencing the Swiss Alps after which the project was named.
The buildings bring a “spatial opening” dynamic to the reservoir views, breaking the scale with tight and open areas. The central community space as “mountain lake”, reaches all sides of the blocks, flowing through different pools & public facilities; a social condenser linking the precinct & enhancing the sense of community with activities for all ages.
This month the Minister for National Development, Mr Lawrence Wong, presented the 2019 Awards to recognise HDB’s industry partners for their contributions in developing well-designed and quality homes. Topping the prestigious category of built housing the recently completed GreenRidges was said to stand out for its distinctive architectural features and is an excellent example of the new generation of public housing.
The first HDB housing precinct to be completed in Tampines North, GreenRidges is designed to offer abundant community spaces and connect residents to greenery, in keeping with the vision of Tampines North as “Budding Communities within a Green Tapestry”.
Found on the upper floors of an office complex in central Hanoi is G8A’s newest co-working project Chromatic Station, set to open its doors next month. Stacking four horizontal agoras linked by a vertical chasm of light, creates a strongly interconnected typology. Fluid exchange is encouraged between the different platforms, with a carpet of colored glass booths filling the open platforms and creating a visual connection and common sensitivity between the floors.
Here G8A and Toong propose an energetic diversity of program tinting the space with an iridescent atmosphere.
This Tuesday the 20th of August, G8A is happy to present the latest HANOI TALKS event questioning our relationship as individuals and communities with public space. To open the discussion, we invite Michal Teague, Design Studies Lecturer at RMIT University Vietnam, & Nejc Kugler, urban designer & researcher hailing from Ljubljana.
Through project examples and contextual research, they will discuss views and issues surrounding the use, design, perceptions and connections between humans and contemporary urban space.
This summer sees G8A develop the program for a new architectural meeting space in Bukit Merah, South Singapore. Serving as an exchange hub and professional meeting spot the space will welcome intimate events and casual encounters for architects, designers, creative developers and strategic thinkers.
With renovations in progress the site malleably separates working, meeting and social atmospheres creating a comfortably progressive space for innovation and development.
As construction takes leaps forward during the summer months of coastal Vietnam, we see the structure rise and scale mock-ups completed, perfecting the brick façade and moucharabieh wall-screens that feature as key to the intimacy of Tropical Chalet.
Materials were chosen not only for their sturdiness and climate resistance, particularly bricks with their high insulation qualities. But also, their minimal and natural aesthetic blending with the surrounding landscape.
The Bridge now houses the teams of several luxury brands with staff settling into their new working environment. Topologically located between warehouse and logistic service buildings, the structure stands enigmatically in the center of Old Hanoi.
The building is a series of platforms lifted by two cores of concrete; one containing the circulation paths and main services, the second being the support for all documentation the so called “the memory wall”. The sensation of space brings forth the particularity of the building, in stark contrast to the surrounding density, the office platforms open on both sides to large windows creating unobstructed panoramic views across each floor.
G8A is pleased to share the video series “Contrast and Cohesion”, a sequence of works embracing design through architecture, contemporary dance, videography, original score & costume. The videos parallel key projects of the G8A portfolio, with each creative contributor invited to reflect & reinterpret G8A’s architectural propositions. In situ movements, visuals and sounds were then created in reaction to the architectural intentions.
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Set within a tropical climate, Concrete Waves is the latest project developed for FPT Software in Ho Chi Minh City. Part of the new urban industrial zone, the program grows from the learning of earlier projects exploring the “yard typology” from a new perspective. Concrete Waves benefits from a rational floor plan and an exterior load bearing structure to maximize the floor layout and providing flexible space solutions.
Circulation paths exist on the margins of the plan and social areas with double-height sky gardens can be found at each level with the concrete pre-cast elements manipulating the orientation of the sun shading to craft a comfortable environment for the working community.
Last month celebrated the opening of the latest retail space in the “Hanoia Concept” series, a new exploration of typology for luxury brand Hanoia. After having revamped an old Northern Vietnamese shop-house, a colonial heritage boutique and a tube house in the dense center of Ho Chi Minh City, G8A now completes Hanoia Noi Bai in the international airport terminal.
Following the materiality explored in the previously established retail spaces, G8A uses bricks, dark stone tiling, silk cording, and natural brut elements placed in contrast with details of polished brass and bright lacquer, to create an intimate and luxurious setting.
This Friday the 28th of June, G8A is happy to launch the Contrast and Cohesion monograph with Park Books at specialist bookstore Never Stop Reading. Following on from March’s Asia edition during Singapore Design Week, the book release event in Zurich celebrates the European distribution of the publication.
Founding partner Manuel der Hagopian will present recent international projects and talk about G8A’s evolution and working practice.
If in Switzerland, please feel welcome to join us at Spiegelgasse 18, Untere Zäune, 8001 Zürich, from 7 – 10 PM.
More than just a simple café, G8A proposes with partners Atelier VUUV an open, ecologically engaged environment goes against the architectural trend of compressing building density. Organic Café plays with contrasts to propose a resilient microcosm within the urban context.
Soon to welcome its first customers, the organic produce café restaurant and dry produce store draws its design references from traditional shophouse typologies, providing natural ventilation and lighting across a horizontal organization.
At the heart of the Mekong Delta of South Vietnam, and inspired by the existing urban, cultural and natural landscapes, G8A is offered the opportunity to plan for two site developments of a total of +400 ha that will be the first step in the evolution of region’s new masterplan. The two proposals will function as a cohesive bridge linking the existing city and the New Town, helping to develop the community’s growth opportunities, and bridging the various strengths of the region; agriculture, tourism, technology and business development.
The community driven and human-scale design of GreenRidges is now flourishing as we see the first inhabitants occupy the 1943-unit project precinct. As the Housing & Development Board of Singapore approaches its 60th anniversary, we see the design principles of environmental and social sustainability advance even further. The defining element of the GreenRidges project is the green tapestry network running the length of the site whilst also connecting vertically to public garden decks and defining the communication network linking the inhabitants to the surrounding landscapes.
This month saw all partners of the Concrete Waves project celebrate the topping out ceremony, signaling the completion of the structural construction phase. Part of Ho Chi Minh City’s new industrial zone, Concrete Waves is the latest project for FPT, developed from the learnings of earlier projects exploring the “yard typology” from a new perspective.
The building benefits from a rational floor plan and an exterior load bearing structure, circulation paths exist on the margins, maximizing the floor layout and providing flexible interior space solutions.
Proposition for a luxury resort, the Luna Islands’ design draws inspiration from the poetry of such extraordinary places where the sky reconnects to the sea. The chosen site is found in the Arabian Sea of the Indian Ocean and is spread over several of the 26 ring-shaped atolls that compose the tropical nation of The Maldives.
The project offers 4 and 5 star accommodation with unique facilities such as floating cinemas, water sports centers, and specialty restaurants and bars, integrated into the breathtaking views. Like a mirage, the perfect spheres of human geometry give over to the natural landscape of ages past.
Founding partner Manuel Der Hagopian will present G8A’s achievements, international projects and the recently released publication Contrast and Cohesion at the Future Cities Laboratory event series “Lunch Talks” on the 15th of May. Several of G8A’s key projects are located in Singapore, which is something of a cultural halfway house and often referred to as a tropical Switzerland. The first book to document G8A’s successes to date, Contrast and Cohesion reflects the Swiss firm’s work in these starkly contrasting parts of the world.
Please register through the FCL webpage.
Timely progress for the Oerlikon Gem as piling continues onsite in northern Zurich. The L shape housing block of 110 units is conceptualized in direct dialogue with the Neu Oerlikon building, both projects are a celebration of the area’s strong and rich identity coming from its glory years of the 19th century when it was a primordial industrial and trade hub.
The two buildings form an ensemble and follow the same rules of “composition” though both keeping true to their own identity. With its facade of photovoltaic and perforated mesh panelling, the new housing building propose a contemporary and sustainable interpretation of industrial heritage.
Unforming Forming is the second publication in the series of editions that present the works of students of the Architecture and Sustainable Design Pillar of the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). Featured is “High Density Seafront Housing” studio offered by Manuel der Hagopian which explored the challenges and opportunities that arise when developing high density seafront housing in relation with the urban fabric of Singapore. Students were led through thematic exercises allowing them to explore future possibilities for the development of Tanjong Pagar, where Singapore’s port-relocation project will leave room for housing development in the previous industrial port zone.
Finishing touches are now being completed for the luxury-brand office complex The Bridge. Nestled in the center of bustling Hanoi, a sensation of space brings forth the particularity of the building with sweeping open areas representing synergy, transparency, and allowing for a maximum of flexibility of use.
Here, G8A applies an adaptive answer to the dense urban condition of Hanoi’s city centre with a dynamic and flexible space proposition, following in the lines of the “sustainable ruin” concept previously developed in Concrete Lace. Prioritizing the climatic answer, the spatial relationship, the exoskeleton constructive logic but also a strong expression of identity that allows for future adaptation.
The Alps Residencies nears completion in the iconic precinct of Tampines in Singapore. Inspired by the traditional European “courtyard block”, the project is composed of two “L” shaped masses. Their cascading skyline referencing the mountainous regions of Switzerland allow for a multitude of visual narratives from viewpoints of each orientation.
The landscaped deck, as “mountain lake” is occupied by pools, greenery, shaded areas, wellness and kids’ corners. The central community space reaches all sides of the blocks, flowing through different pools and public facilities; a social condenser linking the entire precinct.
This spring welcomes the beginning of construction for Tropical Chalet, the family villa fortunate of a unique placement on the coastal region of central Vietnam. The four-bedroom composition develops a harmonious cohabitation for the family, the design narrative allowing for comfortable areas of sharing as well as areas of calm privacy.
The angular massing of the building integrated into a large surrounding garden respects the native context and breaths a cooling and placid atmosphere for the family to enjoy.
After an exciting edition in Singapore earlier this month the HANOI TALKS are back on Vietnamese soil in April, this time with a new dynamic format. On Wednesday the 10th we open the platform to two guests presenting their respective research, followed by an opening of the conversation between presenters and audience.
The event will focus on Post-war Vietnamese Architecture with California based Professor and researcher Christina Schwenkel and architect and urban planning specialist Emmanuel Cerise.
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Multi-purpose event hall The Square proposes a deep level of community placemaking central to the Vietnamese village typology concept.
Nestled in the crux of Infinity Village, “Fville 3” of the Hoa Lac high-tech park masterplan, the low elevation of the project permits the solid structure to discretely integrate into the surrounding scenery. By keeping an open horizontal visual transparency at ground level, users retain a direct interaction with surrounding landscape, also promoting a fluidity of access from all directions. G8A is moving forward in detail design phase of the proposition, a key composition of the FPT new town.
Construction taking leaps forward for Jakob Factory in Ho Chi Minh City. The steel manufacturing site represents the first expansion to Asia for the Swiss-born company. With a 100% naturally ventilated workspace, the project boasts a highly eco-friendly design, encouraging sustainable practice in the region.
The project further develops the partnership with Jakob and is proposed in collaboration with Bern based rollimarchini architects.
With the concept design approved for a multi-level creative hub in the center of Hanoi, G8A responds to the challenge of creating identity by offering horizontal and vertical spatial connections.
The four storey co-working space covers the upper levels of the inner-city office block with sweeping urban views. By opening up the space with a central atrium, natural light flows through the site welcoming fluid movement and encouraging social and professional inter-actions.
March in northern Zurich will see the first stages of construction for the 110 unit housing block the “Oerlikon Gem”. The L shaped structure, adjacent to the architectural department of ETH Zürich, was conceptualised in direct dialogue with the recently completed Neu Oerlikon building.
The new urban block composed by the two projects will house an elevated public plaza in the middle of the plot, and the green belt set to surround the building will welcome users to the generous community garden overlooking the site. Finally, with a perforated and metallic facade, G8A proposes to reconnect with the site’s industrial past.
From the 1st to the 20th of March, the Contrast and Cohesion exhibition presents the spatial and conceptual qualities of G8A’s architectural projects through video installation, photography & visual documentation. The exhibition opens the design conversation to cross-creative collaboration, a cornerstone in the working practice of G8A.
Co-curated with WY-TO, the show will last the length of the Singapore Design Week & is put forward to celebrate the release of the “Contrast and Cohesion” publication. Join us this Friday the 1st of March from 6-9PM for the opening celebrations!
The first book to document G8A’s achievements to date, Contrast and Cohesion reflects the Swiss firm’s work in these starkly contrasting parts of the world; Singapore the Tropical Switzerland and Hanoi the anti-Geneva. Featuring twenty-seven of the firm’s projects through drawings, photographs, plans, and descriptive texts, the book also brings together essays that expand on the different concerns and challenges that accompany the creation of architecture in Central Europe and Southeast Asia.
For more information please consult the event page here.
The Canal Park @ Dover project offers to develop context specific typologies, shaping an open, connected and active public realm. The vibrant new urban footprint generates an attractive place for the area whilst accommodating community-based activities such as a primary school, commercial facilities, health institutions and neighborhood parks.
The masterplan offers an innovative urban form which not only uplifts traditional HDB designs, but also provides a distinct identity to the new district, supporting the vision for a well-connected, socially sustainable and environmentally cohesive precinct.
Short-listed competition developed in partnership with: AGA Architects, KCAP Architects & Planner, ICN Design International, ARUP & AECOM Singapore.
On behalf of G8A we would like to thank you for the shared support during this past year of the dog. As we enter the New Year of the pig we wish you a fruitful, healthy and happy future.
Looking forward to the exciting projects to come.
In recognition of their incalculable contribution to the progress and promise of G8A, we are pleased to announce the promotion of: Armand Devillard to the role of Director in the Singapore office, Andrea Archanco promoted to Associate in the Ho Chi Minh office and Ninh Quynh Tram engaging in the role of Associate / Business Development Manager in Hanoi. With collectively 19 years supporting G8A, we are looking very much forward to a continued collaboration with these valued individuals.
As a part of G8A’s think tank “8+”, which is dedicated to research and development, the HANOI TALKS series continued to spark interest in 2018 with seven invited speakers plus a special edition of “The Competition” film in both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Specialists were given a platform to share and challenge their thematic of choice offering insight on topics that influence or are influenced by the practice of Architecture.
After some months of occupancy Concrete Lace is welcoming a steady take-over of vines and creepers flourishing along the angled columns. As part of the Hoa Lac High-Tech Park master plan, the project is inspired by traditional North Vietnamese village typology. The external layer acts as a key sustainable element of the building, integrating climbing trees, and acting as protection against the sun. Its density and thickness has been carefully adapted from different orientations and facade exposure.
Progress continues for The Alps Residencies, the 600+ unit complex nestled in the most iconic precincts of the Tampines area in Singapore. As we move forward in the construction phase the chiseling skyline, reminiscent of the Swiss Alps from which the project takes reference, becomes welcomingly apparent. By playing with a strong iconic skyline, the buildings bring a “spatial opening” dynamic to the reservoir views, breaking the scale with tight & open areas within the whole precinct.
Punggol Waterway Terraces is one of six projects studied by the Future Cities Laboratory (FCL) for the research project ‘Dense and Green Building Typologies’, in collaboration with the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). A milestone in the study sees the release of the feature publication “…a systematic review of the environmental, social, economic and design benefits of dense and green building types in high-density urban contexts and discuss how these can support higher population densities, higher standards of environmental sustainability and enhanced live ability in future cities.”
Currently under construction “The Bridge” is set to house the teams of several luxury brands in the middle of a high-density zone in central Hanoi.
The project is composed of two main cores of concrete, one containing the circulation paths and main services of the building, the second being the support for all documentation, so called “the memory wall”. In-between can be found an open space, free of any columns, open widely on both sides to large windows creating an unobstructed panorama across each floor.
Luxury Vietnamese design brand Hanoia’s first multi-level concept store opened this month in Saigon. The group is taking full advantage of the opportunity to represent their image with a crafted architectural design that guides the visitor through a series of different ambiences. The lower level focuses on contemporary craft aesthetics while the upper floor proposes a reiteration of Hanoia’s innovative atelier process.
This latest project represents a continued collaboration with G8A, having previously designed the flagship Hanoia House project in 2016 & the Hanoia Metropole store opened earlier in 2018.
Archifest is an annual festival for the city of Singapore to celebrate architecture & the built environment. This year’s Singapore Institution of Architects Conference ‘Design for Life’ focuses on the sub-themes of people, environment and time as the key crucial components of good design. The SIA Archifest is a platform for all walks of life to discuss, debate and deliberate architectural issues. This key event will generate an exchange of ideas and ideologies from experts and thought leaders worldwide through presentations and panel discussions that will dive deep into the ways of how architecture can create an impact on our daily lives.
Award winning Spanish documentary “The Competition” covers the tense developments that characterize architectural contests. Featuring the offices of Jean Nouvel, Frank Gehry, Dominique Perrault, Zaha Hadid & Norman Foster as they prepare their presentations for the future National Museum of Art of Andorra.
G8A assisted in organizing the film premieres in both HCMC & Hanoi, the screenings being followed by panel discussions with Director Mr. Angel Borrego Cubero, G8A Partner Gregoire du Pasquier & Director Nicolas Moser. More information:
In the effort to densify the private residential zones in Switzerland, G8A proposes an environmentally sustainable design solution that harbors a strong sense of community. Family Fold offers its future users integrated elements that comfortably create family villas of zero-energy consumption. Each of the eight units enjoys optimized living spaces and with a vertical enclosure that traverses all levels, from second floor to livable basement area, profit from an abundance of natural light no matter their placement on the site.
Plissee is the result of a collaborative research practice that combines the unique technical and theoretical backgrounds of artist Laurent Barnavon & G8A.
Laurent’s mastery of folding techniques is the result of a youth inspired by Vietnamese origami-making siblings & a specialist education in metalwork where he continued to develop his process of changing technical aspects of materials through the act of folding.
Acting as applied product developers for Plissee G8A’s ability to develop Laurent’s vision into objects of spatial quality results in this unique collection of adaptable luminous volumes.
This Thursday 6th of September Manuel Der Hagopian will be presenting “Natural Design for high-density environments” at the Seedstars World conference:
“The Urban Living event will gather entrepreneurs, investors, urban planners, city enthusiasts, and the most influential thought leaders from Thailand and the region to encourage discussions around the best uses of this new wealth of city data and the latest technological innovations in order to take decisions that impact urban living socioeconomic outcomes and improve the quality of life of all citizens.”
For more information please visit the organizers website:
The Ambokka project offers a narrative based on elevation and enlightenment, promoting a spiritual and sustainable experience in the heart of Sri Lanka. From the gate of the domain, visitors enter through a wild, overrun woodland. Passing mysterious pavilions, they are lead to the height of the hill where an endless panorama reaches out over the island. This journey through the wood’s enclosure and obscurity contrasted with the open panorama of the hotel merges views organically within the landscape.
Site preparation commencing for the “Organic Café” project in Hanoi, Vietnam. The mixed-program space will include inviting open plazas, a restaurant and café, a dry produce and exhibition area, all promoting organic and sustainable lifestyle practices. The use of vertical voids allows for natural ventilation, abundant lighting and comfortable social and commercial spaces. Designed elevated plantations, vertical greenery and small herb gardens promotes the concepts of cyclic, sustainable ecosystems. *Partners: Atelier VUUV
Now officially presented by the Housing & Development Board in Singapore “Tampines GreenVines” is a creative assortment of three centered clusters, each independent and co-hesive. The project is in Singapore’s Tampines area and part of an overall strategy to de-velop the location with sustainable residential schemes that place high value on unifying green and dense housing typology.
At its essence, Tampines GreenVines is part of G8A’s portfolio which alongside Punggol Waterway Terraces & Green Ridges, forms a narrative that is led by strategic contextual design unifying green and dense housing typologies.
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 designed by G8A in partnership with Atelier VUUV .
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 The Twin-Lah 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.