CB3 // Hanoi // Vietnam // ICE

ICE is an international practice based in Hong Kong. ICE stands for ‘Ideas of Contemporary Environments’. Ulrich Kirchhoff, the founder and principal at ICE, was the head of design at OMA Asia/RAD for seven years and is now teacher at the University of Hong Kong (HKU).

This practice is in the middle of the most vibrating economies, and has been working on master planning, mixed use developments and corporate buildings in the area. This includes CB3, a very exciting mixed use building in Hanoi, Vietnam set to start construction in late 2009.

The following project description is from the architects:

‘The project lies between downtown and the airport. Especially because it is built into the site context with limited access to the street, there is a need to make this building iconic and visible to potential users. However, the iconic use is not only limited to the visual presence but foremost to the use of the building. The strategy for this project introduces two strong public spatial elements: 1. the accessible roof, which connects the individual towers and 2. the shopping complex at the podium level, which introduces a courtyards and topographical roofscape.

The project is a mixed use development in a very dense urban area of Hanoi. Programs are Office, Hotel, Apartments and Commercial. The challenge of the site is the large area to be developed versus the limited street frontage. With those limitation, the design takes advantage of the mixed-use development itself and maximizes connections and program sharing in section as well.

The connections will be provided by the hotel, putting the public function both into the very top as well as the very base. The top connection form a three story panorama zone. The recreation functions of the hotel (Bar, Pool, Spa, Gym) will be located on top of the hotel. Leisure functions such as Restaurants and Karaoke Rooms will be located on top of the apartments, so that they can be easily share by the residents. Above the office tower Ballroom and business facilities will be located to create a synergy with the offices below.

With offering a great view over the city, the panorama zone will have a rooftop observatory as well.’

For further information visit: www.icehk.com.

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