Hanoi Children’s Palace

The forerunner of the Palace was Hanoi Children’s Club completed on June 01, 1955 with the campus right next to “Ấu trĩ viên” (a children’s playground) of the French colonial period – evidence of a civilization urban structure in Hanoi early this century.

Photo: Trieu Chien
Photo: Trieu Chien

The Palace was designed by architect Lê Văn Lân, the construction process was carried out with the help of experts from Czech (former name). About the location, the project was located at the corner of intersection, next to the headquarters of People’s Committee of Hanoi city. The complex consists of five floors, which is home to many classrooms, performance space incorporating movie theaters, mini stages. The architect focused on enhancing daylight and natural ventilation for the ground floor, contributing to extend the spatial structure.

At that time when the architect requested to be provided with stone, they could only sell him pieces of broken stone collected from the buildings destroyed by American bombs.

Photo: Trieu Chien

Later, together with the workers, he manually arranged, pressed brick and stone on the entrance to the hall, this material was used from inside to the yard. The architect was extremely interested in this part. Unfortunately, it had not been retained by the reason that many people believed it represented a long past of poverty. The only remaining trace, to this day, is a stone-pressed and brick-pressed wall in front of the entrance, on the left. In
another architect’s idea, the building should had been opening from the inside out to create a welcoming and friendly space for all children, but for reasons of security and fire precautions, divisions has been set up further.
Another pitfall is that natural environmental advantages should be leveraged as light, seasonal wind which can help management save a fraction of energy cost has been gradually changed in comparison with architect’s design. As a result, for example, instead of natural ventilation, people must equipped the Palace with a lot of
air-conditioners, which both reduced aesthetics and caused significant cost to maintain.

This is one of 36 architecture projects in Ghé 01 architecture book, published by Handhome in September 2018.

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